The British War Economy, 1939-1943

The British War Economy, 1939-1943

The British War Economy, 1939-1943

The British War Economy, 1939-1943

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Dr. Murphy has written the first comprehensive account of the whole armory of economic measures taken by Great Britain to meet the mortal challenges of total war. Her intelligent study is as thorough and profound as it is extensive. The assiduity which went into the research and evaluation, here presented, is extraordinary, and the scholarship fulfills all the requirements of so large and important a theme.

Her narrative and evaluation are incredible, and they are true. To all those who are concerned with the war effort of the United States, as leaders, makers of policy, or humble administrators and rank-and-file, it will prove most invaluable as that rarest of things -- the blueprint for action made from a complete picture of action already taken, the well composed 'I-told-you-so' while that phrase is a rich lesson and before it has become a disappointed rebuke. It is possible for wise men to spare much sacrifice and tribulation to their country if they will learn by the mistakes implicit in the final account of success; and not obstinately repeat them in the belief that somehow the nature of things will not operate so far as they are concerned, and will not duly punish them and their common people for disdaining the prescriptions upon which their happiness depends.

This work proves several things about organization for modern war in a democracy. First, leaders need have no fear that the people will not follow and make the necessary sacrifices, if the people are given a decided lead, told clearly what is the purpose, and why this particular means must be adopted. The world today has a peculiarly spiritual readiness to pay the price of victory in this War of Democratic Deliverance. Indeed, again and again, as the record will prove, the people have been readier than . . .

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