Patrick Coffey • American Arsenal • VS with Jay Ackroyd

One of a series of conversations exploring war, weapons, national security, and state terror with Jay Ackroyd. Listen

American Arsenal: A Century of Waging War

  • Covers every conflict in which America played an active role in the 20th century
  • Each chapter deals with a separate weapon and inventor, allowing them to be read individually or sequentially
  • Dispells simplistic ideas espoused by politicians and pundits on both sides, allowing the reader to understand the complexity of America's military development

Science historian Patrick Coffey writes for Salon. is a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. A chemist by training, he founded several companies that produced chemical instrumentation or software. In addition to American Arsenal, he is the author of Cathedrals of Science: The Personalities and Rivalries That Made Modern Chemistry