By Jeffery M. Dorwart
On the heels of recent Deal directors, a military of industrial executives arrived in Washington in 1940 to arrange the country for struggle. between this contingent have been prosperous funding bankers and longtime buddies: Ferdinand Eberstadt and James Forrestal. jointly they performed crucial roles within the immense warfare mobilization software and, later, within the formation of associations for postwar nationwide security.
Jeffery M. Dorwart's learn and research supply a clean examine the friendships, connections, and mindsets that advised the growing to be federal govt within the first half the 20th century. the results of those relationships used to be a method of corporatist administration for wartime mobilization and for chilly warfare nationwide defense. Eberstadt, a key determine on a variety of coverage committees, and Forrestal, secretary of the military in the course of the Nineteen Forties and the 1st secretary of the recent division of safeguard, shared a typical history all of the technique to their collage days at Princeton. through the years, their friendship and their ties to a gaggle of like-minded executives, whom Eberstadt termed the "Good Men," considerably formed govt policy.
Dorwart's examine on Eberstadt's position is principally enlightening, for it unearths how Eberstadt, an out of doors advisor and never a central authority worker or elected legit, affected coverage path via his layout of the nationwide protection Act of 1947.
"This is an important contribution to American army and safeguard heritage. The author's use of the great guy' notion effectively . . . illustrates how non-military rules and affects were primary in shaping nationwide protection policy."--Jerry Cooper, collage of Missouri-St. Louis (formerly of the Command and basic employees College)