I Invented the Modern Age (t): The Rise of Henry Ford and the Most Important Car Ever Made
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I Invented the Modern Age (t): The Rise of Henry Ford and the Most Important Car Ever Made

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Published May 21st 2013 by Scribner
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Nancy Petralia
Henry Ford's winter home, next to Edison's, is just down the street from me, so I was anxious to read more about his life. This book drove me off a cliff. It was so uninteresting that I could use it every night as a guaranteed sleep inducer.

Snow suffers form the biographers' disease of great research and poor writing. Just because you know it doesn't make it necessary to include. In his case the overuse of long parenthetical comments which take the reader out of the moment, and usually out of t...more
Jim
“In between the steam locomotive and the Apple came Henry Ford’s Model T.”

Richard Snow’s soon to be published book on Henry Ford is not just about the successes, failures, and personalities of both Ford and those he teamed up with and those he opposed in the path to the establishment of the massed produced automobile that was truly established with the development and production of the Model T. This book, I Invented the Modern Age, is a detailed look at the literal, figurative, and business st...more
Leah K
I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford by Richard Snow
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I think most everyone knows something about Henry Ford. Before reading this book I could tell you that he was the main person to come up with an assembly line in its modern sense, he raised the minimum wage and lowered the hours – one of the first to do so, and of course he came up with the Ford Model T – far from being the first car but definitely pushing a path where no car had gone at the time, and the whole anti-...more
Jean Poulos
I have never read anything about Henry Ford until this book except when mention in a biography of another person such as John D. Rockefeller and his business dealings with Ford. Richard Snow covers Ford’s life from childhood to death but mostly concentrates on the area of his developing his engine and first cars. I found it interesting that Ford was in some ways was brilliant in his ability to see the end results of his car design and able to devote all his energy and time to develop it and then...more
Ted Lehmann
This book describes the love affair between Henry Ford, the Model T Ford, and America. It captures events that changed the world and created the twentieth century. It is a narrative filled with Ford's ability, his monomania, his shortsightedness, his venality, his charm, and his genius. It reads like a novel, yet it clearly the result of careful and serious scholarship. Reading this book is essential for anyone seeking to gain a clear understanding of the twentieth century as well as the times w...more
Jay Phillippi
I grew up in a car family. My father's first job out of college was the culmination of a lifelong dream. He went to work for Ford Motor Company in the Body Design Department (A document in the family archives seems to indicate that he was the first draftsman trained outside of Ford to be hired in that department). For a fan of well written biographies and histories of American business icons Richard Snow has written a must read book. For automotive history and especially Ford fans Snow has writt...more
Don
Henry Ford is way up close to the top of most influential men of the 20th century. There's no doubt he invented the modern age. He also probably invented the middle class. He's full of contradictions and there are a number of things not to like. but it's impossible not to marvel at his accomplishments and how much the world changed because of them.
Will
Yes, yet another bio of Henry Ford. I found the beginning of this book to be pretty exciting, but then I'm a "car guy". Included were some great anecdotes from Henry's life & the lives of his cars. Later chapters bogged down a bit, and I lost track of who some of the people were. All in all I enjoyed this author's take on Mr. Ford and his companies.
Daniel Farabaugh
I can into this book aware of the anti-Semitism of Henry Ford and yet I still was shocked by the unpleasantness of his character. This book is an engaging account although it is a bit short about his later life, such as anti-union activities.
Bryan
A must read for any Automotive professional who wants to understand how the industry shaped the 20th Century economy. A must read for any professional who wants to understand how the automobile continues to shape the 21st Century economy.
Sangita
Don't think I love cars enough for this book to be a favorite, but it provided tremendous insight into Ford's personality and why America loved him so much. Loved the detail in the little anecdotes.
Rey Dekker
...new stuff on an old topic...I liked it...
Bev
I had no idea just how much Henry Ford influenced the 20th century! I also didn't know just how quirky he was. An interesting character study!
John Behle
Solid, well researched work on a major player in Americana. Snow brings out the quirky personality--a persona that really did not surprise me.
Lloyd Fassett
The event of Henry Ford raising pay to $5 a day was one of the two big events that inspired me to become a History major
Shelley
Finally...finished! Interesting, yet often tedious. Some areas compelled me to do further research.
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