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.
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
Further Information 136