Past Programs
Special '21' Club Breakfast & Talk - Freedom’s Forge: American Business and World War II
Arthur Herman
Tue, May 22nd, 2012 | 9:00 am
(Members $55)

Event details

Join us for an intimate breakfast program at New York’s famed ‘21’ Club, featuring Pulitzer Prize finalist Arthur Herman. In his new book, Freedom's Forge, Dr. Herman reveals how two extraordinary American businessmen—automobile magnate William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser— propelled the Allies to victory in World War II by transforming America’s army into a global force. Inspiring business leaders across the country to mobilize, Knudsen and Kaiser helped lay the foundation for a new industrial America—and for the country’s rise as an economic and military superpower. Hailed as a “a truly thrilling story” by Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War, Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II vividly re-creates American industry’s finest hour, when the nation’s business leaders put aside their pursuit of profits and set about saving the world.

Event Timeline:
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am: Lecture and Q&A
9:20-10:00 am: Book signing with author

Speakers Bio(s)

Arthur Herman is a historian and the author of Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II.


Please Note Location: '21' Club, 21 West 52nd St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, NY 10019


Please read the wonderful reviews of Freedom's Forge that appeared in The Economist and Wall Street Journal. And tune into MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday, May 21 at 7:30am, during which Dr. Herman will be discussing the book.

Purchasing Tickets By Phone/In Person

Space is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” link above or calling the New-York Historical Society’s Call Center at (212) 485-9268. Tickets will not be sold on site the morning of the program.

Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. After November 11, 2011, advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk. Advance purchase is required to attend this program.


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