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- Listening Length: 29 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books on Tape
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Nov. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046ZWCSS
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The People's Tycoon Audiobook – Unabridged
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It isn't up there with the best biographies I've read, but it's better than average. The author has what I would call a 'solid' writing style. He clearly knows his stuff. It is very well researched. Lots of detail. Yet without achieving the flow of other biographers (eg, John Campbell, Jean Edward Smith) as they effortlessly switch between perspectives. If I was being harsh, I would say it was a very long stream of anecdotes, with an occasional bit of analysis.
The book starts off being very positive towards Henry Ford, so that I almost thought it might be a hagiography. No danger there. As the later elements of his career (with title chapters such as 'Despot' and 'Bigot') reveal, he was not the cuddly, folksy guy a lot of popular culture would have us believe. His personal and family life are well-covered as are the key people in his business world. His political views and activities and main business achievements are also covered, yet I would have liked a bit more detail on how the Ford Motor Company achieved its spectacular success (though one might argue I should look somewhere other than a biography on its founder).
If this sounds a bit too critical for you, I am pretty frugal when it comes to giving stars on here. If you want to find out what Henry Ford achieved, thought and experienced and the main things that his life meant for America, you won't go wrong by reading this book.
A MAN OF CONTRADICTORY PERSONALITY TRAITS.BOOK IS TOO LONG BUT DOES PROVIDE A VALUABLE ANALYSIS THE
GROWTH OF THE MASS CONSUMER MARKET
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I liked the way the author organized the book not by timeline but rather by events. The book had me looking at the past but also the issues of today. Ford would have had much to say about the current state of the economy, our health care issues, education, personal responsibility and so much more. The way he carried out most of his ideas did not appeal to me but the ideas were brilliant. Not only did I enjoy reading the book, I also enjoyed thinking about the issues he thought about. If you like history, politics and the story of an amazing family, this is the book for you.
I've read this book with great relish and would warmly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Ford Motor Company and the broader early 20th century making of the consumer capitalist society.
The chapter dealing with The Great Depression era contained so many parallels with our current economic crisis. Ford's assesment of the New Deal on page 441 was sarcastically that "entrepreneurs should join the crowd 'to make it unanimous and have us all live off the Government' then all that is required 'to be perfectly happy is a new kind of Santa Claus who will keep the Government well supplied with money or anything else it wants' "; and again in 1935 he denounced plans for new taxes on business as destroying the very foundations of productivity and prosperity. Further in 1936 he argued passionately. "Both government and finance, whenever they get the chance, show the same avid desire to regulate and control the operations of producers."
I whole-heartedly recommend this landmark book to ALL without reservation. I am now ordering a book on the next chapter of Ford Motor Company about the life and times of Henry Ford II.
AGK - Birmingham, Alabama
What a character Mr. Ford was. I think the greatest strength of this biography is the richness in detailing the everyday Mr. Ford-- the many delightful accounts of him encountering locals in anonymity, like the farmer who was cursing at his Ford-Ferguson tractor-- Old Henry Ford can shove this tractor up his backside! And there was Henry Ford, among the wealthiest men in the world, in overalls and a straw hat. Ford fiddled around under the hood, got the motor running.
Next day the man learned who his visitor had been, and expected to be fired, but Ford never let on that it had happened.
I wanted more technical details on his cars, but that is not this book. I read the section on the Dahlingers twice-- Watts really handles that well.
Did Ford increase his workers's wages by 100 percent in order to avoid paying out his accumulated horde of cash in dividends? He considered his stockholders to be "parasites," and I think the wage increase is best explained as his avoiding rewarding those investors, not in order to give his workers more money so that they could buy more Ford cars.
Suffers from too few photos. Has no maps and no diagrams.