The Quotable Henry Ford

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The Quotable Henry Ford

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The automaker’s controversial legacy at the 150th anniversary of his birth

“An illuminating collection of quotes, offering new insights on Henry Ford’s sweeping achievements as one of America’s greatest industrialists. His pithy perspectives will remain an inspiration well into the twenty-first century.”¾Sarah Miller Caldicott, great-grandniece of Thomas Edison, coauthor of Innovate Like Edison and author of Midnight Lunch

“Provides unique insight into Henry Ford’s uneven mind, a mind that both shaped and reflected early twentieth-century American life. Albion’s clear, concise introductions to each chapter help the reader place Ford’s words in proper and helpful context.”¾Kevin Borg, author of Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America

 

“Helps us to understand something of Ford’s influence through this extremely interesting selection of his statements on a range of topics.”¾Paul Israel, director of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University

Brilliant businessman, successful entrepreneur, pioneer of the low-price, mass-produced motor vehicle, and profoundly important to twentieth-century American life, Henry Ford was also a character of little-known but surprising contradictions.

Ford sported a hefty ego yet suffered from a pathological dislike of public speaking. He pioneered forty-hour work weeks and a minimum wage yet hated labor unions. He was a pacifist yet admired the efficiency of Nazi Germany. Such fascinating inconsistencies stand out sharply in The Quotable Henry Ford, an uncompromising presentation of the automaker’s own voice.

Michele Albion’s selection of quotes addresses widely varying topics: cars, employees, money, education, nature, family, politics, urbanization, and even world peace. “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” said Ford, who knew that black paint dried faster, allowing for increased production of vehicles. He also told women to go easy on cheating husbands, explaining “they are simply trying to hold on to their youth”—a statement made the same year as the birth of a boy who was likely his illegitimate son.

Historians, teachers, car experts, Ford enthusiasts, and anyone interested in early twentieth-century America will discover that Henry Ford was very complicated, and very human. His words were often brilliant, often folksy, but often his own worst enemy.

Michele Wehrwein Albion was the first professional curator of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. She is the author of The Florida Life of Thomas Edison and The Quotable Edison.

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Brilliant businessman, successful entrepreneur, pioneer of the low-price, mass-produced motor vehicle, and profoundly important to twentieth-century American life, Henry Ford was also a character of little-known but surprising contradictions. He sported a hefty ego yet suffered from a pathological dislike of public speaking. He pioneered forty-hour work weeks and a minimum wage yet hated labor unions. He was a pacifist yet admired the efficiency of Nazi Germany. Such fascinating inconsistencies stand out sharply in The Quotable Henry Ford, an uncompromising presentation of the automaker’s own voice on a wide range of topics.

            After the Model T made him famous, the automobile manufacturer began to see himself as a philosopher in the vein of Benjamin Franklin or Ralph Waldo Emerson. He kept notebooks of comments and pithy sayings, reworking them to get the wording just right—even if the spelling or grammar were not. As Ford became even more renowned, an eager public hung on his every syllable, hoping they too would discover the key to wealth and fame.

            Michele Albion’s selection of quotes ranges from logical statements to amusing witticisms. “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black,” said Ford, who knew that black paint dried faster, allowing for increased production of vehicles. He also told women to go easy on cheating husbands, explaining “they are simply trying to hold on to their youth”—a statement made the same year as the birth of John Dahlinger, who may have been his illegitimate son.
          Ford commented on a variety of topics: automobiles, of course, but also war, literature, dancing, obesity, and his assertion that overalls were not appropriate attire for women. Sometimes charming and witty, his words were often brilliant. But he could also be his own worst enemy, and some offensive comments were infamously quotable.

            Historians, teachers, car experts, Ford enthusiasts, and anyone interested in early twentieth-century America will discover that Henry Ford was very complicated, and very human.

 

Michele Wehrwein Albion was the first professional curator of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. She is the author of The Florida Life of Thomas Edison and editor of The Quotable Edison.

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“An illuminating collection of quotes, offering new insights on Henry Ford’s sweeping achievements as one of America’s greatest industrialists. His pithy perspectives will remain an inspiration well into the twenty-first century.”--Sarah Miller Caldicott, great-grandniece of Thomas Edison, coauthor of Innovate Like Edison and author of Midnight Lunch

 

“Provides unique insight into Henry Ford’s uneven mind, a mind that both shaped and reflected early twentieth-century American life. Albion’s clear, concise introductions to each chapter help the reader place Ford’s words in proper and helpful context.”--Kevin Borg, author of Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America

 

“Helps us to understand something of Ford’s influence through this extremely interesting selection of his statements on a range of topics.”--Paul Israel, director of the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University

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