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Henry Ford

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Most great figures in American history reveal great contradictions, and Henry Ford is no exception. He championed his workers, offering unprecedented wages, yet crushed their attempts to organize. Virulently anti-Semitic, he never employed fewer than 3,000 Jews. An outspoken pacifist, he made millions producing war materials. He urbanized the modern world, and then tried t...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 24th 2013)
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Marc Brackett
This is a very solid and well written book. For those wanting a bare bones history this book delivers.

I'm more a fan of 800 or 1500 page books and this could have very easily been such a book, the author however did a very good job of sticking to the story and resisting all the rabbit trails that were available.

I came away from this book thinking I have read this story before, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs are very similar. From their strange diets, inability to allow others any credit, ability to...more
Pat Dewey
To quote... "A cross section of the mind of Henry Ford would reveal some striking contrasts. A complex mind of strength and weakness, of wisdom and foolishness, in which the shallows are more pronouced because of the profound depths which lie between ... there is no middle ground to his makeup."
Dean P.
A solid biography of a figure with a well-known reputation and a confusing track record. Curcio leans on those who loved him and those who loathed him to stitch together this great look at an icon (or pariah) of the first half of the 20th century. I was impressed by the overall arc of this book as it traced all of the aspects of Ford's life. It explained rivalries and disagreements, addressed motivations, and even directed readers to other great resources within the text (my favorite reference w...more
i thought the book was good . In seemed that he had a hard life growing up and also found out that he was not the first to make a engine .the first person to figher that out was a man in germany witch at the moment i can not thik of his name. But in the united states he was foer first to come up with it so in many ways he was the fiorst to build the amarican car.
James Knight
Extremely revealing that great inventors have personalities that are not always nice. The book is a fast read and will provide excellent insight into one the nations most interesting and successful businesses.
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