- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Mich. (AP) - The author of a new book about how Detroit’s transformation from making cars to military aircraft proved vital to the Allies’ effort during World War II is to speak at an area aviation museum.

A.J. Baime is to attend the Yankee Air Museum’s Historic Presentation Night on Wednesday. Baime wrote “The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War, which delves into how the city answered President Franklin Roosevelt’s call to action.

It centers on Henry Ford and his son, Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, said their auto company could produce a bomber an hour. And they pulled it off.

Baime is to read from his book during the event in Belleville, west of Detroit.






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