In 1945, the men of the year in U.S. business were obscure. They were so by necessity. For the superlative job of production which made them the men of the year had to be carried out in the deepest, most impenetrable obscurity. They were the men who produced the bomb.

The technical brains and the production skills of more than 2,000 companies were picked to do the job. From that vast array, it was impossible to pick out one man, or two, and say flatly: "These were the men who made the bomb." But it was possible to pick out a handful...

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