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My Life and Work Audiobook

My Life and Work: An Autobiography of Henry Ford

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We have only started on our development of our country - we have not as yet, with all our talk of wonderful progress, done more than scratch the surface. The progress has been wonderful enough, but when we compare what we have done with what there is to do, then our past accomplishments are as nothing. When we consider that more power is used merely in ploughing the soil than is used in all the industrial establishments of the country put together, an inkling comes of how much opportunity there is ahead. And now, with so many countries of the world in ferment and with so much unrest everywhere, is an excellent time to suggest something of the things that may be done in the light of what has been done.

When one speaks of increasing power, machinery, and industry there arises the idea of a cold, metallic sort of world in which great factories will drive away the trees, the flowers, the birds, and the green fields. And that then we shall have a world composed of metal machines and human machines. With all of that I do not agree. I think that unless we know more about machines and their use, unless we better understand the mechanical portion of life, we cannot have the time to enjoy the trees, and the birds, and the flowers, and the green fields.

©2016 Shane (P)2016 Shane

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    Amazon Customer SUGAR LAND, TX, US 12-14-16
    Amazon Customer SUGAR LAND, TX, US 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    Henry Ford did an excellent job drafting his vision. He also thoroughly explains overcoming obstacles in business.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    I. Smith 01-28-17
    I. Smith 01-28-17 Member Since 2016

    Construction man.

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    "Very interesting insights."

    The narrator sounds like what it seems like Henry Ford should sound like.

    Ford definitely has some very interesting insights into the modern world.

    Everyone interested in the history of the manufacturing worl should listen to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    teacher USA/Japan 01-08-17
    teacher USA/Japan 01-08-17 Member Since 2016

    miss miss

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    "Best book for the world!!"

    This was surprisingly an amazing book. I think that if we all followed Henry Ford's way of life we just might heal the world.The narrator did a great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben S. 11-25-16
    Ben S. 11-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspirational"

    Henry Ford's self-image, if at all lamented in fact, is of an inspirational and principled life. As the owner of a construction company I appreciate this book for Ford's persistant idea that profit, in any sense, only follows hard work.

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    ReadMeAStory 11-02-16

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    Any additional comments?

    I saw great reviews for this one and although autobiographies aren't the genre that holds my interest the best, I was pleasantly surprised

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    Ivan LA, CA 10-12-16
    Ivan LA, CA 10-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    Very good book. I recommend it. It is interesting to hesr Ford's vision in the early nineteen-hundreds become the reality of today in many ways.

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    Dmitriy 06-09-17
    Dmitriy 06-09-17
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    "Very good"

    Awesome ideas... We all know about pipelining, but he actually has much more sense behind this ideas that I could imagine... and the funny part was that he does not like Jews ahaha

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    Darrell Moore 04-12-17
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    "Out of the box thinker"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life and Work to be better than the print version?

    I would. I like the relative ease of listening in comparison to reading. I like the timer option when I want to fall asleep while taking in a 15 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows how sometimes in life we as people look to solve problems with the normal answers but if we take the time to think we may have a solution that is much more advantageous for a problem at hand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evan 01-31-17
    Evan 01-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better Than Expected"

    I wasn't too sure how this book would go considering that it's an autobiography. However, ultimately I realized that Henry Ford had quite a view great ideas, and hearing how he came to stand for his beliefs was inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Boyd Tschaggeny 11-14-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm an electrical engineer who looks like Conan and has a flair for business. I'm nostagic for FF7 and Pokemon... and Salsa Verde Doritos.

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    "A brutal, benevolent benefactor."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is nothing I'd change about the book, but there are a few things I'd like to convince the author of.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of this story is Ford's vision to develop his motorcar, which required much sacrifice and effort. <br/><br/>The least interesting aspect of this story is the repetitive stories of the Ford Motor Company's many triumphs.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration did a good job of matching the voice and pace of the author.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Henry Ford’s life?

    I'd have liked to know more about what he did and less about what his business did.


    Any additional comments?

    Ford's thoughts were ahead of his time and laid the foundation for lean manufacturing. It's difficult to understand his perspective after already understanding the conclusion of many of his ideas.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "educational"

    more about running a business and business ethics than a biography of Henry Ford. Still very good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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