U.S. At War: Storm Signals in WPB

Production Boss Donald Marr Nelson's "get tough" policy had landed him in a cyclone center. Good-natured Donald Nelson had brought some really tough men into the high councils of his War Production Board (TIME, Sept. 28). Now he found that they were much tougher than he—and hell was on the verge of popping.

His new vice chairman, Banker Ferdinand M. Eberstadt, had swept into WPB like a high-pressure area into a vacuum. Energetic Ferd Eberstadt wanted results, right away. He drew up a new raw-materials allocation plan (see p. 90). He demanded that WPB's...

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