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DEFEATING COVID-19 NOW In a single word it is to temporarily FEDERALIZE the pharma industry. Below from eighty years ago is the simple solution to the current backlog as described in THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II chapter 21: “To finance, regulate, and control the acquisition, production, and delivery from raw materials to finished product of every commodity needed in the war, FDR refashioned from its Depression-era roots the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) into a single department with total control over every means of production, known as the War Production Board (WPB). Only one of its many departments, the OPA, (Office of Price Administration), controlled ALL aspects of civilian life through rationing and regulations. Along with twenty-two other pharmaceutical companies given temporary FTC immunity, suburban-Chicago headquartered G.D. Searle, Baxter and Abbott Laboratories cooperated by sharing formulas and knowledge to mass-produce penicillin, called the war’s “wonder drug.” Because of mutual cooperation production increased 500 percent from 1943-45, with millions of units going ashore with the troops on D-Day. A lesson from the recent past to inspire our national leaders to fully implement America’s vast manufacturing capabilities in only the pharmaceutical sector to defeat an unseen enemy forecast to take at least 600,000 American lives before the end of 2021, or more Americans than who died in combat in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam COMBINED. UPDATE MARCH 2, 2021 The above was posted in early February. In a recently announced White House brokered deal, Merck & Co. will join with rival Johnson & Johnson to co-produce the new vaccine. It’s a first for them but not for the United States when placed on a war footing as announced by President Biden. With greatly increased availability and manufacturing the Covid-19 enemy will soon be defeated.
THE HARD-BOUND, FULLY ILLUSTRATED PRINT EDITION HAS NEVER-SEEN PHOTOS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON and selected book outlets while limited amounts remain. Ge the book called “extraordinary,” “revealing,” “a page-turner.”
The deeply researched first book from decades-long investigative journalist, Jerome M. O’Connor, U.S. Naval Institute “Author of the Year” and U.S. Navy destroyer vet.
Excerpts from the 22 May 2020 review of THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II by MILITARY REVIEW, “the professional journal of the U.S.Army,” published by Army University Press. “The author sets the table with a very good introduction and prologue…(He) does a very good job of putting the reader in the setting…the book is very well-written…the author discusses many topics that are not well known to most Americans. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in military history… it definitely fuels the desire to research those locations and events more thoroughly.”
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DESTROYER VETERANS/TIN CAN SAILOR “Overall rating four of four stars: Highly recommended” “It is seldom that a book on history excites readers other than those of us who are historians…it is both a pleasure to read and a wealth of things you will be happy to have learned. It is a book you will want to read.” By Terry Miller, Executive Director. CONTACT THE AUTHOR USING THE FORM FOR BOOK READINGS AT YOUR LOCALE
JEROME O’CONNOR NAMED THE US NAVAL INSTITUTE “AUTHOR OF THE YEAR”
Since 1965, award-winning, internationally published features describing the vital but overlooked people, places, and significant events of the 20th Century. Enter the same history-changing locales as they appeared then and as they are now.
Every locale is personally visited, extensively researched, and fully documented with photos from the era contrasted with present-day images. These include prior world exclusives that were the first to reveal Winston Churchill’s wartime Cabinet War Rooms, Bletchley Park, where the German Enigma cypher was broken, and Trent Park, the London mansion where the casual conversations of 59 Nazi generals were secretly recorded. Disclosures from recordings made from the hidden microphones located throughout the vast estate, were translated into English, evaluated, and then sent to Allied commands. Visit the same indestructible U-Boat bases in France, appearing almost as they were when surviving hundreds of USAAF and RAF bombing. Learn how the intricately designed seven-layered roofs prevented penetrating damage. Other locales connecting WW II with the present are part of O’Connor’s twenty-two chapter, 340-page, lavishly illustrated with original photos, THE HIDDEN PLACES OF WORLD WAR II.
Published for the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in 2020, various chapters honor those who preserved freedom in its darkest hour to bring readers to the same places where the epic events happened, but which were overlooked in scores of thousands of books about the war. The result of decades of research originating at the actual locations, includes first-person interviews and numerous never-seen photos at the same sites.
The Chicago-based author, a U.S Navy destroyer veteran, educator, and dynamic program presenter, is available for 60-90 minute image-based presentations describing the original features on this site. In 2001, Jerome O’Connor received the U. S. Naval Institute’s Author of the Year award “for his significant literary contributions to the history of WW II”.
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