Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II

Jerry E. Strahan, Author
Jerry E. Strahan, Author Louisiana State University Press $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8071-1903-7
Reviewed on: 05/30/1994
Release date: 06/01/1994
Paperback - 400 pages - 978-0-8071-2339-3
Ebook - 396 pages - 978-0-585-35036-3
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Allied commander-in-chief Dwight Eisenhower called him ``the man who won the war for us''--Andrew Higgins (1886-1952), who designed and mass-produced the landing craft that carried American troops ashore in the Pacific and European theaters of WW II. Strahan's rousing story is about the New Orleans businessman who, while fighting the Navy bureaucracy to assure that U.S. forces had the finest amphibious craft possible, became head of one of the largest industrial complexes in the world. Strahan discusses Higgins's enlightened hiring practices (many of his shipyard workers were black, female or disabled), his long-running battle with the AFL and CIO, and his postwar struggle to stay in business as designer/builder of commercial and pleasure craft. Strahan's biography will appeal both to students of American business and to general readers; Higgins was a brash, colorful, dynamic man. Strahan is a New Orleans businessman; this is his first book. Illustrations. (June)
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