The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 4, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 656 pages
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How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Fordís outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly researched biography.

The real Henry Ford was a tangle of contradictions. He set off the consumer revolution by producing a car affordable to the masses, all the while lamenting the moral toll exacted by consumerism. He believed in giving his workers a living wage, though he was entirely opposed to union labor. He had a warm and loving relationship with his wife, but sired a son with another woman. A rabid anti-Semite, he nonetheless embraced African American workers in the era of Jim Crow.

Uncovering the man behind the myth, situating his achievements and their attendant controversies firmly within the context of early twentieth-century America, Watts has given us a comprehensive, illuminating, and fascinating biography of one of Americaís first mass-culture celebrities.

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User Review  - knightlight777 - LibraryThing

Biographies are my favorite and Steven Watt's bio on Henry Ford is one of my favorites. This book delves into not only what this man accomplished in his life but also the character that drove him ... Read full review

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User Review  - Collette Mcdonough - Goodreads

This book is an excellent book on the man who made America a country devoted to the automobile. Watts does not only talk about the greatness that was Ford but also the bad side too. I like the way the chapters are organized. Read full review

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Steven Watts is a professor of history at University of Missouri and the author of The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life.

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