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When Model T sales were outstripped by Chevrolet's low-end car which came in a choice of colors , he stubbornly insisted that ''the Model T is the most perfect car in the world. Fortunately for his company, even Ford had to face reality. He publicly apologized in for the anti-Semitism. He listened to Edsel and with maximum ballyhoo brought out his first new model in 24 years.
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In the following decade he agreed to allow a union election at his plants after Clara threatened to divorce him. Edsel's son, Henry Ford II, was slated to take over after his father's premature death in , but barring his way was Harry Bennett, who had a secretive hold over the old man and made himself de facto company head. Henry II later called Bennett ''the dirtiest, lousiest, son of a bitch I ever met in my life.
The old man died in , at the age of 83, and Brinkley provides a moving account of his final days. In charge at last, Henry II, a hard-drinking, hard-working executive with a tempestuous marital life, guided the company into profitable waters before stepping down because of poor health. Without the unifying leadership of Henry I, the rest of the story is less focused.
Brinkley relates a tale teeming with model changes, Japanese invasions, government regulators, energy crises, court battles over faulty cars and the rocky tenures of the outsiders Robert McNamara, Lee Iacocca and Jacques Nasser, who preceded the current C.
Protecting the People Behind Our Vehicles, No Matter Where They Are
As Iacocca put it: ''The family always hung in there. The company will be around for a long, long time because the family never throws in the towel. Henry Ford's big idea has indeed survived its first years. Now, however, the downsides of the mass auto age he helped create have become more apparent than its promise. We have become part-time prisoners in our cherished chariots. The suburbanization engendered by the car culture has metastasized into urban sprawl.
People spend up to four hours driving to and from work. Pollution has become a threat to ''God's greatest open spaces,'' which Ford promised his Model T would make accessible to ordinary Americans.
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The national fleet's gas consumption makes us dependent on foreign oil. And the flight of automakers to the third world deprives American workers of the high-paying jobs that were the bedrock of the economy. Brinkley does not scant the social implications of the industry, but dealing fully with them would require a different book. Meanwhile, the book he has written is first-rate corporate history.
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