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Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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A comprehensive and briskly paced account of the man, the machines, and the company that dramatically influenced the course of 20th-century America... highly readable and engrossing. ("BusinessWeek") History on a grand scale!... Sweeping, absorbing. (Robert Caro)
"A comprehensive and briskly paced account of the man, the machines, and the company that dramatically influenced the course of 20th-century America... highly readable and engrossing." --BusinessWeek
"[A] comprehensive and highly readable...first rate corporate history." --The New York Times
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From the 1900s to the 1930s the book described how the automobile industry and Ford grew. The growth of the industry is nicley tied in with the social and tecnological developments in the US, how that affected the industry and how the industry (and Henry Ford himself) affected the US. Very good reading.
However, the final 2/3 of the book is fairly unsatisfying to read. Much of it consists of details of the politics of the company, CEOs, whos who and a fair bit of fairly unrelated waffle. You wonder if Ford actually built cars during a large part of the history, since theres very little mention of the cars being built. Furthermore, the book begins to read more like a lot of little newspaper snippets and documents all thrown into one. This results in a fairly poor flow in the storyline and a lot of sidetracks and unrelated and dull information.
A whole chapter on "Quality Crisis" contains mostly details of negotiating of pay with the unions. A missed oppourtunity for what could have been an interesting subject.
Its also worth noting that apart from Henry Ford's early experiments with automobiles, there is almost no detail on technology developments or details of the cars that were made during the history of Ford. You will be lucky to hear of a model name, and rarely will you be told of engine layout or styling and never of engine size, or any devlelopments the vehicle had.
Its still worth the read for the excellent first part of the book but be prepared for some page skipping after that.
Perfect book to find out the positive side of Henry Ford although another may be needed if you want to develop an arguement as there are hardly any negative aspects in the book. Still worth the read
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The book arrived earlier than expected and in pristine condition.
One thing though.......it is so comprehensive up to Henry's death, and then little is left for the days of HenryII et al. So, my remark is what about the exciting post-war years and then the present? The old 3 volume Nevins book covers this more thoroughly.At least until 1962.
So, I want suggestions about a Ford history through the Iaccoca years til now. Yes, we know he built the Mustang, but Henry built the Model T and a lot more was written about him. Will have to do a search for Hank the Deuce material too.
And I leave it at that.....should have been called a half century of progress
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