Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Fords: An American Epic” as Want to Read:
The Fords: An American Epic
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Fords: An American Epic

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Fords, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Fords

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 106)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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.

Peter Collier
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan added it
Jun 04, 2015
SHH marked it as to-read
May 20, 2015
Al Monthy
Al Monthy marked it as to-read
Apr 27, 2015
Amanda marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2015
John Schweers
John Schweers marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
Ellen marked it as to-read
Apr 08, 2015
Megan Willis
Megan Willis marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2015
Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2015
Craig marked it as to-read
Jun 06, 2014
Steven Chang
Steven Chang marked it as to-read
May 31, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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.

Librarian Note: There is more than
More about Peter Collier...
The Kennedys: An American Drama The Roosevelts: An American Saga Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts About the '60s Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty The Anti-Chomsky Reader

Share This Book