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Lincoln GordonArchitect of Cold War Foreign Policy$
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Bruce L.R. Smith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813156552

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.001.0001

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Mobilizing for War

Mobilizing for War

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(p.63) 6 Mobilizing for War
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Lincoln Gordon
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Bruce L. R. Smith

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813156552.003.0006

Gordon begins working as a consultant in Washington for a series of government agencies, gaining expertise in mobilization. After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, he departs for Washington to volunteer for service in a wartime agency. He is not eligible for the draft because he has two small children at the war’s outbreak. Fainsod, Galbraith, and other colleagues join the Office of Price Administration (OPA), but Gordon chooses the War Production Board (WPB). He works his way up through the labyrinthine wartime bureaucracy until he finally becomes the agency’s number-three official, working sixty- and seventy-hour weeks and being separated from his family during the hot, pre-air-conditioned summers (they stay in New Hampshire). He begins to suffer from depression in 1943. He feels guilty and tries to enlist in the army but is talked out of doing so by John Lord O’Brian, WPB’s general counsel. A special dispensation from President Roosevelt at the WPB’s request keeps him out of the army and at his post. He forms a wide network of personal associations and friendships that that he draws on throughout his career in government.

Keywords:   World War II, War Production Board, Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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