By Patrick Coffey

ISBN-10: 0199959757

ISBN-13: 9780199959754

Whilst the USA declared warfare on Germany in 1917, the U.S. had in simple terms 200,000 males lower than palms, a 20th of the German army's power, and its planes have been no fit for the German air strength. lower than a century later, the us this present day has via a ways the world's biggest army finances and offers over forty% of the world's armaments. In American Arsenal Patrick Coffey examines America's army transformation from an isolationist country to an international superpower. targeting fifteen particular advancements, Coffey illustrates the unplanned, frequently haphazard nature of this change, which has been pushed by way of political, army, technological, and advertisement pursuits. starting with Thomas Edison's paintings on submarine know-how, American Arsenal strikes from international conflict I to the current conflicts within the heart East, protecting issues from chemical guns, strategic bombing, and the nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union, to "smart" bombs, handheld anti-aircraft missiles, and the Predator and different drone aircrafts. Coffey lines the tale of every strengthen in weaponry from drafting board to battlefield, and comprises attention-grabbing snap shots of the lads who invented and deployed them -Edward Teller, "the father of the hydrogen bomb", Robert Oppenheimer, head of atomic bomb layout at Los Alamos; Curtis LeMay, who led the fire-bombing of Japan; Herman Kahn, nuclear strategist and a version for Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove; Abraham Karem, inventor of the Predator, and so forth. Coffey additionally examines the more and more indifferent nature of recent American battle- the last word target is to take away infantrymen from the battlefield completely- which limits casualties (211,454 in Vietnam and in basic terms 1,231 within the Gulf struggle) but in addition lessens the political and mental expenses of going to warfare. reading the backstories of each significant American guns improvement, American Arsenal is key examining for someone attracted to the ongoing evolution of the U.S. safety application.

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