THE NATION: The Torrent

The most impressive sound in the world, the thunder of the U.S. production machine, was heard on millions of radio sets one night last week. Mobilizer Charles Wilson had gone on the air to make "my first report."

After eight weeks on the job, he could report a country fairly outdoing itself with git-up-&-git. "Our basic economy," he said, "has never been more healthy. More than 60 million civilians are gainfully employed—a figure that sounded fantastic only a few years ago. Incomes average higher than ever before. Our factories are turning out a torrent of products."

The pace of U.S. mobilization,...

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