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My Life And Work (The Autobiography Of Henry Ford)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,068 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
"My Life and Work" is the autobiography of Henry Ford. Written in conjunction with Samuel Crowther, "My Life and Work" chronicles the rise and success of one of the greatest American entrepreneurs and businessmen. Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company will forever be identified with early 20th century American industrialism. The innovations to business and direct impact on ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by (first published January 1st 1922)
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Jul 19, 2013 Rick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
You're reading this book and you just think the whole time "man this guy is so awesome and so smart he rules." And you mention it to someone that you're reading it and they say "he was an anti-semite." And you think "oh he couldn't have been. He goes on and on about the worth of all people and he genuinely seems to care about everyone.' And then there's this one random passage in the last chapter where he basically says something like "I know we get a lot of guff for the jew thing but honestly i ...more
Steven Mccarthy
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Apr 26, 2013 Cole rated it it was amazing
Henry Fords “My life and work” was a great book. It was full of great ideas about business and life. In the book he told some about his childhood and growing up, how he grew up on his family farm but always wanted to implement smarter ideas to make his work easier. He told about his business ideas including ways he cut down weight and save money while creating an overall better product. I would recommend this book to anyone in high school or over looking for a thoughtful read that makes you thin ...more
Aaron Kuehn
Sep 08, 2012 Aaron Kuehn rated it really liked it

Released around 1923, except for the prices, this book could have been written yesterday.

Mr. Ford is a character with very stringent and seemingly unbending views and beliefs on life and what is right and what is wrong. He speaks with great authority and makes many sweeping statements that caused me to wonder.

But a great read!
Aug 11, 2014 Eden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of automobile and industrial history, and fans of biographies
4 stars

"The natural thing to do is to work - to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort."

My Life and Work is the autobiography of Henry Ford, an industrialist and the founder of Ford Motor Company.

On this book, Ford starts by describing his first meeting with clockworks and automobiles and a little of his story before he founded Ford Motor Company and how he worked to make it start and grow. As the Ford Motor Company become well-established and well-kno
Dec 08, 2015 Roman rated it it was amazing
Після прочитання я зовсім не здивувався, що в 20 сторіччі Фордизм став дуже популярним. І навіть Хакслі відзначив його ідеї у своїй чудесній антиутопії.
По-факту - пізнавально, доступно і легко для сприйняття. Форд ділиться своїми ідеями, і думками. Хоч в певних моментах можна засумніватись в ідеях які він пропагує, але не взяти їх до уваги - неможливо.
Одиним реченням - маст рід для тих, хто цікавиться постіндустріальним супісльством і все що з цим повязано.
Anil Swarup
May 08, 2014 Anil Swarup rated it really liked it
Henry Ford was undoubtedly an "enlightened capitalist". His thinking and philosophy comes out lucidly in his autobiography. He was well ahead of his times and that is why he could innovate and serve. For him, service was the key. For him "Business is a process of give and take, live and let live. It is cooperation among many forces and interest". He hated socialism (read communism as it was emerging in the Soviet Union) yet he believed that "If at any time became a question between lowering wage ...more
Donald Owens II
Mar 09, 2016 Donald Owens II rated it liked it
The book sparkles when Ford draws on the golden hoards of Christendom for pearls of wisdom, but these are tragically shaken together with godless progressive tripe. The result reads like the inconsistent ramblings of an old man who has forgotten God, and takes credit for his own success.

On the one hand, he does acknowledge human depravity in quotes like this: "The money question has first place in multitudes of minds of all degrees or power, but a glance at most of the cure-all systems shows how
Sep 10, 2014 Vismay rated it really liked it
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Vitaly Repin
Apr 17, 2015 Vitaly Repin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Классика. Обязательна к прочтению.

Особенно для людей, вышедших из "марксовской" шинели. Маркс считал, что оплата труда стремится к прожиточному минимуму. Сквозная мысль Форда - платите больше, чем рынок. И он подробно, с примерами из собственного опыта, рассказывает при каких условиях снижение заработной платы приводит к повышению издержек производства, а ее повышение к их снижению. Результат, совершенно непредставимый в логике марксистов.

Подпасть под обаяние автора нетрудно, но все же я старал
Kannan Ekanath
Jul 06, 2015 Kannan Ekanath rated it really liked it
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Henry Ford has an undying passion, urge to simplify things and is obsessed with quality, minimalism and ethics, the kind of qualities you look for in a role model. In this super-cool business management book Ford explains how he made commercial motor cars at large scale possible, the humongous challenges he faced and a variety of morons he had to deal with.

Ford's take on ideas are amusing. It is the hallmark of an intelligent man when he says "giv
May 10, 2015 TarasProkopyuk rated it really liked it
Жалею, что не прочитал эту книгу намного ранее.

Генри Форд в моих глазах затмил огромную плеяду предпринимателей. Он идеалист, но идеалист с необычайно высокими жизненными ценностями и моралью, и только после этого ещё и величайший предприниматель, реформатор и оптимизатор.

Конечно же идеальных людей не бывает. Это же и касается Форда. Есть некоторые моменты, где автор очень уж перегибает палку, а иногда очень критичен, и навязчив своей идеей. Как по мне главная ошибка Форда это то, что всем людя
С. Бат-Очир
Nov 28, 2014 С. Бат-Очир rated it did not like it
Яаж амжилтад хүрсэн тухайгаа бичих болов уу гэсэн чинь үйлдвэрийн зардлыг хэрхэн бууруулсан бэ, дамжлагын цагийг хэрхэн бууруулсан бэ, машиныхаа арааг нь хэрхэн хийсэн бэ гээл миний л хувьд шаал хэрэггүй ном.
Mathias Meyer
The first half of this book was pretty engaging and also very interesting. It talks about how Ford built up his business, his philosophy on building and growing it and his view on the role of the workers. I found this part of the book pretty great to read and learn about the early days of the company.

The second half however, turns into Ford's odd views of society, a business' role in it, argiculture and industrial progress. Some of things they've been doing at Ford sound somewhat noble at the su
Maxim Makhun
Mar 22, 2016 Maxim Makhun rated it liked it
Pretty nice. Interesting facts on how Ford started his own business. Allowed me to re-think some key items regarding your own path and how you should live your life.
Marichka Dzhala
Sep 21, 2015 Marichka Dzhala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Перш ніж починати свій бізнес подумайте про його вел'ю. Книга - суцільний цитатник. Генрі Форд дуже добре розписав психологію бізнесу, особисто мене дуже книга вразила.
Apr 17, 2015 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really inspired in the first half of the book, but I found the second to be very repetitive.
Chris Brimmer
I believe everything said about the man was true, crank, genius, delusional, visionary. The man was the Elon Musk of his time and thought that his success in manufacturing made him an authority on life in an industrial society in general. Respectful and at the same time paternalistic to his workers, I think he thought the solution to labor and capital relations was to weed out bad employers and bad employees so that the constructive folks could get on with it but without explaining how this coul ...more
Wenky Gunter
Feb 10, 2016 Wenky Gunter rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. No, I am sorry. Not the book, but its author and his great and natural ideas. Although the Ford's writing skills are wished to be better, his thoughts should be known to everyone. I mean his idea about the work as the greatest good for man. I am extremely sure, that everything would change to better, if at least 20% of humankind would read his work and the half of it would use his principles. Thus, I recommend this book to anyone, who wants to widen his world-view or, at le ...more
srihari sundar
Aug 31, 2015 srihari sundar rated it it was ok
Gets boring from the middle.
George Miller
This book requires three ratings: I give the book 5 stars for its historical significance, as it reveals Henry Ford's thinking on many issues; 2 stars for the writing quality, as the book is often verbose and repetitive, and 1 star for the production quality of the book (it appears to printed from very worn plates (lots of partially printed letters and words), which appears to be a UK or Canadian version given the British spellings. To be fair to the publisher Cosimo, it is a printing of an out ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
It's hard not to take up some of Ford's enthusiasm, which spills off onto every page. Further, he professes a better, nobler conception of business than what one often reads nowadays. I could imagine Henry Ford beating up guys like Tim Ferriss who see businesses merely as assets to turn profits for their owners.

And what's more--I believe him. I believe that his system, principles, and values work. He isn't tremendously specific, but I forgive him. He is a man of the old make--he believes that bu
Matt McCormick
Nov 04, 2013 Matt McCormick rated it it was amazing
Although the subtitle of the book is “The Autobiography of Henry Ford” this isn't really an autobiography. It's more of a collection of his thoughts, values and principles for doing business.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It highlights one businessman's relentless drive to drive down prices so that the average consumer could enjoy the fruit of his work. Henry Ford sounds like he was very similar to Sam Walton in that he tried constantly to reduce prices and not settle for the status quo. His th
Apr 07, 2012 L.A.Man rated it it was amazing
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Mar 05, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it
Interesting memoir.

Ford was very morally conservative, and a titan of industry. But he didn't have the "fuck you, I got mine" mentality of current day baby boomers and republicans. In fact, he seemed more liberal and compassionate than the current day left in his views towards wages, benefits, family, work/life balance, and healthcare.

A good look into the past, and a good guide to running a sane company for the benefit of its works and its customers.
James Cage
Jul 11, 2013 James Cage rated it it was amazing
Greatly enjoyed this book. Clearly written, with insights from a titan of manufacturing. A large section of the book covers Ford's predictions for the future of manufacturing and technology. Had more people listened, America's manufacturing slump in the 70s and 80s might have been completely avoided. His thoughts on success and labor are also valuable. Ford's horrible antisemitic views are only obliquely mentioned in a couple of terse, defensive paragraphs. (He lived to see newsreel footage of w ...more
Sourav Sen
Jun 04, 2014 Sourav Sen rated it liked it
Despite giving a good account of business ideas practiced by the great man, that enabled him to break barriers and achieve success, I still feel that the content could have been presented in a better way. There are many instances of technical details being cited excessively, which would perhaps make more sense to the people pursuing similar areas of interest.
Mar 11, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Henry Ford was a brilliant business man and truly understood how free markets should work. This book should be required reading for all business students. I would give the book five stars but there are about two pages that include some anti-semitism that truly tarnish the book.
Биография господина Форда представляется в этой книге как сплошная череда побед.
Скудно описаны годы Великой Депрессии и юношеские годы.
По началу, книга прикидывается поучительной, но при росте капитала автора она все больше переходит в нравоучительную.
Abdullah Almuslem
Jan 18, 2015 Abdullah Almuslem rated it really liked it
I have just went through a mind of genius... Ford is really true honest man ... He wanted to serve the mankind and elevate the world to a better place! I would of give the book 5 stars but it went slow and a bit details in few chapters.. Yet , the book was very interesting and full of advices , highly recommended
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Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobil ...more
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