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The Fords: An American Epic

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The Fords: An American Epic is the dramatic story of three generations of Fords and of the dramatic conflict between fathers and sons played out against the backdrop of America's greatest industrial empire. The story begins with Henry I, the mechanical wizard, tinkerer, and mad genius who drove the automobile into the heart of American life and conquered the world with it. ...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Encounter Books (first published January 1987)
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Eric_W
According to his mother, Henry Ford was a "born mechanic." His father, brothers, and sisters were less charitable, for Henry would have every clock or toy with a wind-up mechanism in pieces, which he would then attempt to reassemble. He was an inveterate experimenter. Once, dissatisfied with his father's explanation of what would happen if he plugged up the hole on the teakettle when boiling water, Henry did so. The kettle blew up spewing boiling water and shrapnel into his cheek.

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Dave Hoff
Authors did a complete background study of 4 generations of Fords. Henry, founder was a benevolent man when he started making cars. But sadly he later became cruel and finally a bitter person. Worse was his treatment of Edsel, his only child. mocking him when he came up with good car ideas. Poor Edsel spent his life trying to please his father and it cost him his health & then his life. Edsel's son Henry II despised his grandfather for the treatment his dad got. The other two of Edsel's sons ...more
Gerry Kelly
An interesting read about the first family of the American Automobile Industry. The creating of a dynasty and the making of America's car and the family who built it. The relationships to other automobile and tire pioneers, in particular, Firestone.
Francois
If you like bibliographies, the history of the Ford Motor Company, you'll be pleased. Easy reading. Goes through the 3 generations of the Fords. You'll read about the good, the bad and ugly business and personal decisions they made.
Joe
Two bios. History. Eccentricity. Celeb scandal and gossip. Car talk. Business and industry. Rivalries. A few too many bureaucrats and bean counters.

A better book would focus on cars.
GT
Read this maybe 15 years ago; now time to read it again. Old Henry was a genius if ultimately a nut, but Hank the Deuce got most of the good lines.
Steele At
LOVED this book. Managed to tell the whole story, good and bad, and likewise show value in the lives of those recorded.
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Founder of Encounter Books in California, Collier was head publisher from 1998-05. He cofounded the Center for the Study of Popular Culture with David Horowitz. He does many projects with this red diaper baby turned rightwing zionist. He publishes on his website FrontpageMagazine. He was also coorganizer of 2nd Thoughts conferences for leftists who'd moved right.

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