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My Forty Years with Ford (Great Lakes Books) Paperback – 30 May 2006
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My story is about the Henry Ford I knew as well as any man alive or dead knew him. It is about the fabulous growth and preservation of the Ford Motor Company, which, in his shaken old age, not even its owner could destroy. It is about the creation and birth in that company of what has been the miracle of the Twentieth Century: the modern American industrial system of mass production with its moving assembly line. It is not the story of Charles Sorensen. It is, however, the story that I, Charles Sorensen, was privileged to see of Henry Ford and his works. It is a story of Mr. Ford's greatest success and his most tragic failure. - Charles E. Sorensen
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Charles E. Sorensen (1881-1968) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and arrived in the United States in 1883. He attended school until the age of thirteen when he was apprenticed to a patternmaker in a Buffalo, New York, stove works. At seventeen, Sorensen moved to Detroit. He met Henry Ford in 1901 and began working as a patternmaker for Ford in 1905. Sorensen retired from Ford Motor Company in 1944.
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Charlie Sorenson kept diaries and was a key man during the first forty years of Ford.
This book gives you a real life picture of a company that accomplished incredible feats in spite of its critical flaws.
The management style of Ford during the first 40 years is completely different than say GM (read the Alfred Sloan book for comparison).
It is fun to see that there is more than one way that people go about accomplishing great things. You can read these stories and think about what helped them succeed and what you might do differently.
Thanks due to Mr. Sorensen's ritual habits of daily journal entries, the development of an industrial giant grows before one's eyes, while
he hides his personal growth and achievements behind the factual recounting of events, personalities and their encounters.
This is a truly enjoyable book for the interested reader.
I first thought that Charles E. Sorensen was my great uncle, Sorn Sorensen, but that proved not to be the case. I am still searching to find Uncle Sorn and his place in the Ford Motor Company history. I know that he worked there.
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