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Andrew Higgins: Boat Builder of WWII

Written By: Burton W. Folsom Jr.  |  Posted: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Who was Andrew Higgins? Almost forgotten now, he was, according to Dwight Eisenhower, "the man who won [World War II] for us."

As General William T. Sherman observed, "War is hell." That hell includes oppressive taxes, loss of freedom, and crushing debt, as well as deaths in combat. But once in war, as the United States was after Pearl Harbor, losing is an even greater hell. Thus we had a need for war entrepreneurs, and some-like Higgins-were given enough freedom to innovate and help U.S. troops finish the war sooner than expected.

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