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On that particular subject, I recommend Liberty's Provenance by John Henshaw, which give the background to the design and its acceptance in the teeth of US opposition, forcing the full UK funding of the Kaiser yards.
i would also suggest LIBERTY FACTORY Peter J Marsh, " the untold story of Henry Kaisers Oregon shipyards," as the subtitle suggests this covers not just the Liberty etc. yards but the housing , machine shops etc required for the yards to work!
i have only just bought it and have not read more than a few small sections, it is fully illustrated with 256 pages with about pic a page
Those books sound fascinating. SO logical that was indeed what was planned and happened.
Thank you for the heads-up.
Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet That Defeated the Japanese Navy by John T Kuehn
I had no idea the role The General Board played until I read the book. How The Board recommended ship design and Navy priorities due to the Washington Naval Treaty’s non-fortification clause. A clause specifically aimed at keeping the US Fleet out of the Western Pacific in time of war. All done during a time when the Navy had little money to work with. It blew apart the thought that the General Board was place for elderly admirals to go to await retirement. They shaped what is our Navy today.
The other great book is Warship Builders : An industrial history of US Naval Shipbuilding, 1922-1945 by Thomas Heinrich. This book is another eye opener and page turner. How fleets were built, yard capabilities, costs of ships and their intended national missions. Excellent!
I have read of the US industrial mobilization beginning 1938-1940 only to have these two books explode a lot misconceptions about it. Planning of the massive US fleet that would fight on two oceans began way before 1938.
If you are USNI member they are half the price of Amazon or request them at your library.
Next War Plan Orange by Edward S Miller
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