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American Legends: The Life of Henry Ford (English Edition)
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American Legends: The Life of Henry Ford (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures.
*Includes Ford's quotes about his own life and career.
*Discusses the controversies surrounding Ford and Nazi Germany.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Few Americans have a reputation and legacy anything like Henry Ford’s, the man whose name is still associated with one of the world’s most famous car companies. Ford is unquestionably one of his country’s most famous industrialists, and his use of an assembly line to mass produce automobiles was not only innovative but also made it possible for Americans to own cars en masse. To this day, Ford Motor Company’s Model T is a household name more than a century after they were manufactured, not only because they were famous cars but because they represented affordable purchases that revolutionized the way people traveled across the country. Cars would never be a luxury item only for the wealthy again.

Although Ford’s use of an assembly line meant human labor was not as necessary as it would otherwise be, he became known for advocating on behalf of labor rights, including offering an unprecedented $5 work day (the equivalent of $120 today), which doubled how much his workers were previously making and helped ensure his company would be both popular and a destination for workers. Ford helped Detroit become the Motor Capital, and he was progressive when it came to hiring minorities and women. In the process, Ford, who was born into a farming family of modest means, also enriched himself beyond his wildest imaginations, with Forbes magazine recently estimating that his net worth in today’s dollars was nearly $190 billion.

However, while Ford may arguably be America’s most famous businessman, part of that is due to his virulent anti-Semitism and his association with Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the leadup to World War II. He invested in a weekly publication that became notorious for its screeds, and Ford was the only American praised in Hitler’s Mein Kampf because of his antagonism towards Jews. Hitler went so far as to call Ford an “inspiration”. On his 75th birthday, Ford was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, which was the highest honor a non-German could receive from Nazi Germany, but one acquaintance later claimed that Ford was disgusted when he saw footage of Nazi concentration camps and what had happened to Jews across Europe.

American Legends: The Life of Henry Ford profiles the life and career of one of America’s most famous and infamous industrialists. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Henry Ford like never before, in no time at all.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2071 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 51 pages
  • Editeur : Charles River Editors (24 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The life of Henry Ford 4 avril 2014
Par JLTRAVA - Publié sur
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Here we can read the biography of a great innovator. His life is inspirational no matter if he got all wrong in regard to nazi Germany.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ford 3 mai 2014
Par WALTMACE - Publié sur
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A brief account of Ford's life. It looks with an unblinking eye at his accomplishments and his shameful unabashed anti-semitism.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A truthful and accurate book about Henry Ford 1 mai 2014
Par Joel R. Wise - Publié sur
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Here you will learn about the real Henry Ford. His views and projects against Jews is documented in detail here. If you want to read some real history of the man, this book is for you.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Henry Ford 13 avril 2014
Par Paul Deneault - Publié sur
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I found the book to be extremely interesting and entertaining. It says an awful lot about that era and the beginning of the automobile.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Ford: the embodiment of the American Spirit. Warts and all. 9 août 2014
Par Joe Kramarz - Publié sur
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I grew up in Michigan and as an adult lived for a number of years in the Detroit area including Dearborn. Henry Ford was as ubiquitous to life in Michigan as the title Motor City was to the USA. Everyone knew Henry.
This short book written in my opinion in the style of Wikipedia ( just the facts, ma'am . Joe Friday) was packed with the details of Ford's life and his accomplishments. Some I was aware of like the assembly line and his dislike for labor unions. Other interesting facts were his use of a guarantee of service after the sale and profit sharing for his workers. He believed in a benevolent capitalism which benefited everyone. His view of the big picture to increase wealth for everyone drove him to do what today would be called social engineering. He was a pioneer in the air plane industry, and in the chemistry of plastics and fuel for his automobiles. One surprise was that he allowed other colors than black as long as you PAID EXTRA for the paint job.
The reason I did not give the book a 5 star rating was the lack of explanation into his complex character regarding his views regarding Jews. On the one hand he hired blacks, women and handicapped to work in his plants at full wages while at the same time refusing to hire Jews to work inside his offices. While he was quoted as blaming Jews for financing wars and making shoddy equipment, the book did not give any background as to why he was so vehement in his opposition to the Jews to go so far as to publish a news paper and support Hitler. The book does give resources in the back pages for further study for those who wish to delve into his life in a deeper way. A second reason for the 4 star rating was the lack of commentary on Fords bringing Muslims to America to work in his plants. Dearborn now has the largest population of Muslims in America thanks to Fords decision to get their labor. An interesting oversight. In the meantime, I do recommend this book highly as it filled in so many blanks regarding Ford and his impact on America and its automobile culture.
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