Book Review: Mobilizing for Modern War: The Political Economy of American Warfare, 1865-1919


by Paul A.C. Koistinen

Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1997. xiii, 391 pp. Notes, biliog. essay, index. $45.00. ISBN:0-7006-0857-5

In many ways not as satisfactory at the preceeding volume in the series, Beating Plowshares into Swords (1996), Mobilizing for Modern War glosses over the important experience of 1898, to concentrate on the creation of the administrative apparatus that was established to oversee the nation’s mobilization for World War I. The work delves perhaps too deeply into the creation of the "military-industrial complex," so that treatment of the experience, problems, and failure of American industrial mobilization for the Great War is neglected.
Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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