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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (30 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081433279X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814332795
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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

About the Author

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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I read this book many years ago and was pleased to re-read it. I found that the book brought back many memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Reading It 3 Oct. 2014
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What a great book! I look forward to reading it again and again. Seems each time I read it I learn something new I missed the first time. I would highly recommend it to anyone who drives a Ford auto or any car and wants to know a little history behind Ford empire.

Jeannie Walker (Award Winning Author) "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
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5.0 out of 5 stars my forty years with Ford 1 July 2014
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I really liked this book! Charlie Sorensen was amazing! My dad was also a pattern maker for 40 years. Charlie used his experience as a Pattern Maker to help Henry visualize something in 3D because he would make a prototype (model) in wood so he could determine if that's what he really wanted. He was the man behind the curtain. If you are interested in Ford Motor Company or Henry Ford you need to buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare glimpse inside the start of one the all time industrial greats 24 Nov. 2008
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If you like business histories your normal challenge is to find books written by or about the founder or management during the years of your interest (in my case the first 40 years or so).

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Productive Workaholic! 31 Aug. 2011
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This book reads like a travel journal - a travel through one of the most significant periods of the American industrial development.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Forty Years With Ford 7 Jun. 2010
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This book was most interesting and enjoyable to read. My dad, George Rolph, worked at FORDS for over forty years too so I was especially interested in reading about the early years of the company. Dad began in Highland Park on the new assembly line making the Model T and later moved to the new Rouge Plant, working there until retirement.

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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