The American Aircraft Factory in World War II by Bill Yenne

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Few industrial phenomena have been as dramatic as the United States’ mid-20th-century shift from peacetime to wartime production. The American Aircraft Factory in World War II documents the production of legendary warbirds by companies like Boeing, North American, Curtiss, Consolidated, Douglas, Grumman, and Lockheed. It was a production unmatched by any other country and a crucial part of why the allies won the war.

Author Bill Yenne considers the prewar governmental acts that got the plants rolling, as well as the gender shift that occurred as women entered the work force like never before. He also describes the construction of megafactories like Willow Run, factory design considerations, and the postwar conversion back to peacetime production. Illustrated with 175 period photographs—including 50 rare color photos never before seen in print.

About Bill Yenne

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Bill Yenne is the author of over three dozen books on historical topics, including several military biographies. Among the latter is Alexander the Great: Lessons from History’s Undefeated General in Palgrave’s Great Generals Series. The New Yorker wrote of Sitting Bull, his biography of the great Lakota leader, that it “excels as a study in leadership.” This book was named to the number 14 spot among Amazon’s 100 Best Books of the Year. Among Mr. Yenne’s other works is his dual biography of Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, entitled Aces High: The Heroic Story of the Two Top-Scoring American Aces of World War II, which pilot and best-selling author Dan Roam calls “The greatest flying story of all time.”            Bill Yenne has been involved in several History Channel programs, and appeared recently in a National Geographic Channel program on Alexander the Great. He has lived for many years with his wife and family in San Francisco, and he can be found on the web at
Published September 10, 2010 by Zenith Press. 192 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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