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My Life And Work (The Autobiography Of Henry Ford)

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"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 Digireads.com (first published 1922)
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Rick
Jul 19, 2013 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
Aaron Kuehn
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow.

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!
Mario Tomic
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book about a man who changed the world with his vision and philosophy. The book is filled with wisdom and core principles about business which are as equally valuable today as it were back then. Hord was a big believer in self-reliance, simplicity, and honest hard work. While most of the other businessmen in his industry were chasing revenue, Henry Ford was focusing on service and developing a good product that would be available for everyone. Entrepreneurs today can learn a lot from this.
Cole
Jan 25, 2013 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
Krishaan Khubchand
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Some interesting ideas, many of which I agree with. Nothing exceptional here though.
Steven Mccarthy
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May Ling
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Must read. It's often quoted, but without having read this, you can only but have these intense words of wisdom out of context. Ford was a genius and he would have been a success even today. Wow. This is a top 5 book for 2019 for me.

P. 8 - He talks about work being the natural order of things and that to move against it will cause angst. He just thinks that if we're going to do it, we ought to do it cleverly. He then says: "I am not a reformer. I think there is entirely too much attempt
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Jay Waghray
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Aside from the antisemitism
Abdullah Almuslem
The 2nd time I read this book and –again- I am impressed by Henry Ford.

Henry ford was born July 30, 1863, on a farm at Dearborn, Michigan.US. He was the founder of The Ford Motor Company and the first person to develop the assembly line of mass production. He was the first person to produce a car affordable by public people.

When young, he was a very good watch repairman. At the age of twelve, he encountered a road engine one day when he was driving to town and it was that engine which took him
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Eden
Apr 19, 2013 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
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Kevin McDonagh
This is gold.
I had hoped but never imagined to the extent that Henry Ford was the real deal entrepreneur. Ford was the original engineer who embraced the power of economic markets to further his aims for humanity. His life, work, schools and systems of education are awe inspiring.

Young farmer Ford took 12 years until he created the model T. His first car was hellishly noisy, had no reverse, two gears and bicycle wheels. He thought farmers would appreciate his automated trawlers but instead the
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Jason Navallo
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Inspiring, but written in old English and not so much an autobiography. Only the first chapter highlights some details about his life. The rest are just his thoughts on business and on life.
Kevin
Mar 12, 2015 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.
srihari sundar
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Gets boring from the middle.
Maxim
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vismay
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Matjaz
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great look into Ford's mind. This man was a hardcore industrialist, business all day, every day.
His level of practicality was bordering on insanity. The lightness and simplicity of step by step solutions that were actually put to practice leaves you awestruck, even after 100 years.

He took no prisoners, he described his friend Edison as a brilliant scientist but basically a sh*t businessman: "I am not sure that he is not also the world's worst business man. He knows almost nothing of business.
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George Florin
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographies
Absolutely brilliant.

I believe that Henry Ford had a ghost writer as well, but the ideas, the execution and the storyline are his entirely (which is quite obvious since it's his biography).

The things he did for industry in general have truly revolutionized the world of business. Starting with the assembly line (which was also described a little earlier by Adam Smith in "A wealth of nations") up to the reductions in costs and unnecessary personnel, he becomes, in my opinion, the definition of eff
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Dhruv Sharma
Not good.

Only upto page no 96 his biography exists that too also on very broad level without much details of struggle and challenges. Except 4-5 points which were really the meat in this whole book everything is rushed up.

Rest of the book is his views of various things like money, Soceity, people, poverty etc. which are way too outdated as per today’s law and culture.

You will be able to find more details about his achievements, personal and professional life on google in 5 mins rather than inves
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Karandeep
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Half of what Henry Ford writes can be implemented even today, clearly not much has changed over the last 100 years atleast when it comes to manufacturing except for higher automation.

The book gives an insight on how he cut costs and managed to reduce prices and how he got people around to drive cars which were meant for everybody but perceived as luxury. From a marketing perspective he positioned his cars in such a way it felt real not a dream(atleast from the number he projects which should be
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Marek
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When you realized that it was published on 1922 and rules has still a lot of sense for today business it is much bigger fun in reading.
Kannan Ekanath
Jul 14, 2013 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
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John
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto
I've been working at Ford for one year. I am glad to join this great company, so as to drive me to read the book: My life and work, Henry Ford.

I am very impressed by his profound viewpoints on how to make things cheaply in Chapter 5, some of which are useful and predictive nowadays.

First of all, I will detail his smart replies to two questions.

One was if in the mass-production manufacturing fewer men were used, how were they going to find jobs and live. Think about this question was raised by 1
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Donald Owens II
Mar 07, 2016 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
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Seneda
"We do not prefer cripples—but we have demonstrated that they can earn full wages"
Anil Swarup
May 07, 2014 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
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"Poverty cannot be abolished by formula; it can be abolished only by hard and intelligent work." (Henry Ford, My Life and Work, Page 140.)

Great book from the man who brought us the modern assembly line and affordable cars for the masses. If it wasn't for Henry Ford, we may be all walking today and only the rich would be driving cars. Henry Ford was a world changer and as you study this book, you get to look in the mind of this superachiever. What a privilege!

He talks on many subjects: fear, fail
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Phil Ledru
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly insightful account of Ford's thinking by himself. It is mind-opening to see how the greatest capitalists see the world, including hot topics such as work/labor, the condition of man, the role of production and profit in society, their social responsibility, government, charity, etc.

Read it if you want to go beyond the low-level criticism that floods newpapers and pundits reviews today. There is so much more to being "great" and "enlightened" than many a critic would like you to kn
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Volodymyr
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly amazing book with tons of great insights into building great companies, efficient manufacturing and general organization of society.
Rangarathnam Gopu
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marvelous book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Every entrepreneur and aspiring manager should read this in my opinion.
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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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