Tony Grams comes to America at the start of the 20th century, set on becoming a new man. Driven to leave poverty behind, he lands a job at the Ford Motor Company that puts him at the center of a daring social and economic experiment.
The new century and the new auto industry are bursting with promise, and everyone wants Henry Ford's Model T. But Ford needs men to make it. Better men. New men. Men tough enough and focused enough to handle the ever-bigger, ever-faster assembly line. Ford offers to double the standard wage for men who will be thrifty, sober, and dedicated... and who will let Ford investigators into their homes to confirm it.
Tony has just become one of those investigators. America and Ford have helped him build a new life, so at first he's eager to get to work. But world war, labor strife, and racial tension pit his increasingly powerful employer against its increasingly desperate enemies.
As Tony and his family come under threat from all sides and he faces losing everything he's built, he must struggle with his conscience and his weaknesses to protect the people he loves.
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This was an interesting story which is a historical fiction about one man, his family and the Ford company program. It was hard in Italy people had to do what they had to do to get by. Tony’s father gets into a little trouble once all is taken care of he moves his family to the states where the story takes off. This is a book about morals, working for what you get and being the best you can be. This story covers a lot of issues throughout history from spying, racism, morals, paranoia and a lot more. It shows how one company helped their employees make a new life giving them what they worked for and treating them fair.
The narrator Mr. Matthews did a wonderful job with a smooth voice. Some of his character voices were very close to others but for the most part you could tell who was talking and just what was going on. You had no doubt about the emotion each character has. It was well read with no high or low volumes where he might have take a break. If breaks were taken you could not tell. It was a very clear and clean audio.
I wouldn’t say this was a page turner but it is an eye opener it is a little dry, it has a lot of facts of interest but at time my mind wondered off. One thing for sure it is a story you will remember and it will stay with you after you put it down. This was an in lighting read that is well written giving you some facts of days long ago. It shows how a company gave back to those that gave leaving you wondering just how much of an impact this company had and has on the USA throughout the years and still today.