Henry Ford: “History is bunk.”
History: “Henry Ford was a brilliant industrialist but was also an anti-Semite with a twisted social vision who vested in his namesake company his personal faults, to the point where it almost self-immolated.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the closest thing we have to a 20th Century secular American saint. But seven decades after his tragic passing, the time has come for us to set aside some of our received wisdom about his presidency, and examine anew the causes, conduct, and effects of the policies that defined his administration. So long as we approach the task without any other motive than to determine the truth, the effort should be applauded by all sides.
A no-narration documentary showing the construction of a Liberty ship in just 4 days, 15 hours, and 29 minutes. In part, this was an effort to set a record, but in reality, it was a demonstration of a feat that America’s hidebound shipbuilding industry – and the Maritime Administration – doubted was possible. Shipbuilding was, after all, the ultimate bespoke industry.
The film shows the Permanente Metals No. 2 Shipyard in Richmond, California (just north of Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay) assembling the ship from sections as heavy as 80 tons.
It is hard to appreciate today, in an era where industries are disrupted on an almost daily basis – what this represents. But it is part of a story about World War II that was almost forgotten – that it was less a matter of tactics, or strategy, or logistics that won the war. What won the war at almost every turn was improvisation, adaptability, and chutzpah.