This is a fascinating book. It begins with the late-17th century textile mills in England and goes all the way up to the gargantuan factory in China that's producing Apple products. Taylor's time and efficiency studies are here along with their effects on factories. Labor relations figure largely in the book, Factory architecture is also discussed: for example, the English textile mills -- sometimes 7 or 8 stories high, with (steam) elevators, were precursors of the skyscrapers! Who knew?!
One of the best things about the book is Freeman's comparisons: using what he's taught us about Ford to help is understand the Soviet factories, for example.