Henry Ford

Henry Ford

by David Long


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Why is Henry Ford a giant? Because he put the world on wheels. Henry Ford did not invent the motor car, nor did he invent the assembly line or mass production. But more than anyone before or since he is remembered as the man who almost singlehandedly took an expensive contraption of doubtful utility and recast it as a machine which changed the world forever. A Michigan farmer’s son who became a dollar billionaire, a ruthlessly single-minded autocrat who became a folk hero, a pacifist who went on to inspire Adolf Hitler—he was a boss who paid his workers twice as much as his competitors yet waged an unrelenting war on unions and badly abused the power he had worked so hard to attain.

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ISBN-13: 9780750958554
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Series: pocket GIANTS Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Long has regularly appeared in the Times, Sunday Times, and many magazines internationally. He is the author of 20 books, as well as an award-winning ghostwriter. For more than 25 years he was motoring editor of a wide variety of newspapers and magazines including the Sunday People, Loaded, Maxim, Penthouse, and Mayfair.

Table of Contents

1 Giant 5

2 Early Years 17

3 If at First You Don't Succeed 27

4 The First Fords 37

5 The Universal car 49

6 The Meaning of Mass Production 67

7 Pacifism and Anti-Semitism 79

8 Fordlandia: The Death of the Dream 93

9 A Pacifist Rescued by War 105

10 Legacy 119

Chronology 130

Glossary 133

Further Information 136

Bibliography 139

Index 140

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