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Author Coffey, Patrick.

Title American arsenal : a century of waging war / Patrick Coffey
Published Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press, [2014]
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Contents Edison at war -- Gassing the senator -- Mitchell's war in three dimensions -- The bombsight -- Precision bombing tested -- Napalm -- The switch -- The atomic bomb -- The weapon not used -- The Cold War and the hydrogen bomb -- Missiles -- War games -- Lessons from Vietnam -- Star Wars -- Smart bombs and drones -- Epilogue
Summary When America declared war on Germany in 1917, the United States had only 200,000 men under arms, a twentieth of the German army's strength, and its planes were no match for the German air force. Less than a century later, the United States today has by far the world's largest military budget and provides over 40% of the world's armaments. In American Arsenal Patrick Coffey examines America's military transformation from an isolationist state to a world superpower. Focusing on fifteen specific developments, Coffey illustrates the unplanned, often haphazard nature of this transformation, which h
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Military history -- United States -- 20th century.
Inventors -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military research -- United States -- Case studies.
Military weapons -- Research -- United States -- History.
Military weapons -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Weapons systems -- Technological innovations -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199959757 (electronic bk.)
9780199959754 (electronic bk.)