• Henry Ford - Auto Tycoon: Insight and Analysis into the Man Behind the American Auto Industry

  • Business Biographies and Memoirs - Titans of Industry, Book 4
  • By: J.R. MacGregor
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Henry Ford - Auto Tycoon: Insight and Analysis into the Man Behind the American Auto Industry

By: J.R. MacGregor
Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
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The Ford name is everywhere, even in places where you don’t see it. It is ingrained in the American way of life. From the way we make our food to the way we think about cars, it all came from the mind of this Irishman from Michigan. 

Henry Ford was a titan’s titan. In monetary terms, he was richer than the richest man alive today. Yet, he was the gentlest of souls and had the brightest of minds.

This book covers his life from when his family immigrated to Michigan until his last breath. It recounts a life from the perspective of someone who wants to understand the genius and spirit within everyone. 

If you want to learn how he thought and how he went about accomplishing what he did, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Henry Ford remains one of the best examples to follow in changing how we think and moving our life to a whole new level. 

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How Henry Ford created the working

Toyota clearly followed Henry Ford;s ideas and recognized him as the innovator.
Listening the early history of the auto industry with Ford's assessments should be required . The entire industry globally was about making racing vehicles. Ford saw the opportunity to go after the mass market but in careful steps to avoid need for financing. Each factory created the cash for the next much larger factory near Detroit. But he did not do that by making "cheap" cars, he did it by engineering the lighter and stronger vanadium steels he found from parts lying around the race tracks from a French racer. Then making just ONE model at a time with continuous improvements. 2, 4 and 6 cylinder models eventually..only in black but serviceable as evidenced by long life of Model A's for example.

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The Man - The Icon

There is no doubt that Henry Ford was one of the main cogs in the wheel that created a middle-class America! Eccentric to a fault, determined to succeed, he blazed a trail in America that is awe inspiring! Like most human beings on this planet we call Earth, Henry Ford had his own demons and faults. I prefer to admire what the man accomplished in his lifetime rather than dwell on any faults he may have had. Yes, he wasn't perfect, but then only 1 person in history has achieved perfection. So who am I to judge the man beyond his extraordinary life. Sadly, he was Anti-Semite, and for that I Pray that he found forgiveness before he left this earthly dominion. Good book that reminds us that people before our time influenced our future in ways we cannot fathom!

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The importance of following your dream

Henry Ford was a man of vision and conviction. A man who in many ways was ahead of his time. He delved and embraced many areas of life and it's commitments and responsibilities. He believed in hard work, personal goals and gave an explicit road map for anyone of ambition to follow. He disavowed laziness and the tendency to lazy thinking. J.R. MacGregor book is more far reaching than just manufacturing cars on a volume basis; it delves into what a man should set forth as a general commitment to the entire approach to how one can lead a successful and honorable life. Must listen.

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The book was very interesting

The book was very interesting, especially from a historical perspective.

There is a lot of positive to be said about what Henry Ford did pertaining to the working class.

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A great man speaks

I wanted to learn more about Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. How did he get into manufacturing cars ? What were his methods ? How did he become so successful ? This book contains the answers and a lot more.

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So it's not that easy

Can anybody summarize and explain Introduction in the book? English is not my first language, so it's not that easy for me to understand it.

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Impressive life

What remained in my hea after listening this book are 2 ideas: give everyone a chance and if the dissapoint you, "fire" them and the fact that you can create social change by being 100% capitalist.

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I love it

I love it .......not because it's a well written book, it's not, but if you want to get a feel for the mindset of Henry Ford this is a great book.

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Awesome Dude

I'll just say this about Ford. He was absolutely the greatest industrial mind off ALL TIMES.

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complex man

Genius of a man too bad he became the poster boy and idol for Hitler because of Fords public obsession against jews in the world. He died a lonely recluse and hero of the nazi party.

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  • Charlie Humphreys
  • 09-21-19

A view of business from one

I just finished Henry Ford's Biography and was quite surprised by it. If all businesses were run the way he lays out in the book, the world would be a much better place. He stated that he believed that the purpose of a business was to serve the world in the best way possible while providing employment and compensation at a level that would enable a worker the ability to purchase every need he had. The way he describes the average worker is astounding coming from a Captain . He also proposes the proper place for money, finance, lawyers, and managers. I was completely, and happily, blown away by his vision. Too bad as soon as he retired Ford became like every other company and through most of his ideas out of the window.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-20

Good business book

Anyone who has listen "Henry Ford - Auto Tycoon" will understand exactly what is wrong with our country today. There are three ways to create wealth--grow it, mine it, or make it--and activities like flipping houses or trading carbon credits do not qualify.

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  • 09-29-20

Anyone who has read "My Life and Work" will unders

Anyone who has listen "Henry Ford - Auto Tycoon: Insight and Analysis into the Man Behind the American Auto Industry" will understand exactly what is wrong with our country today.

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  • Catherine Ng
  • 01-19-20

Excellent book

Excellent book, with an insight into how he thought and his different approaches to getting a lot of cars built at a low price. A lot of "out of the box" thinking was his trademark.

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  • Samuel Barton
  • 01-17-20

The Original Agile and Lean Thinker

Many of today's most potent work ideas are embodied by Henry Ford. The commitment to service over profits is the key to the next breakthroughs in the 21 st century

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  • Howard Dirksen
  • 09-25-19

Bare bones biography of Henry Ford

Having visited the Henry Ford Museum and Village in Michigan, it was interesting to learn more about the man. This is a bare bones biography, so there are some places where I would have been interested to know more than what the author had written

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  • Marie Snell
  • 09-24-19

Great biographies

Henry Fords biographies of work, man and machine, employer and employee still resonates well to this day. The writing is a bit archaic and can sometimes pander on the rambling but overall a great listen with lots of insite and wisdom .

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  • Joseph Davis
  • 09-19-19

A varied account of Henry Ford's life

A gripping tale, giving the good and the bad of a man that changed the worlds history and we still feel the impact today. It is a fascinating story of one man and his vision to make life better for everybody. Some of his ideas form a century ago still have influence over our lives today.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-19-19

A relatively good man

J.R. MacGregor History’s Henry Ford: A Life From Beginning to End gave a balanced portrayal of the man’s life. He was an incredible inventor who fundamentally changed how cars and trucks were built. Before his time cars were mainly for the rich and the car manufacturers felt they could make more money on price than volume. He was also a pacifist who did not believe that the US should’ve entered World War I. He was also an anti-Semite who believe that the Jews wanted to take over the world. This book is a good introduction to Henry Ford’s life.

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