I Invented the Modern Age

I Invented the Modern Age : The Rise of Henry Ford

By (author) Richard Snow


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Every century or so, our republic has been changed by a new technology: 170 years ago it was the railroad; today it's the microprocessor. But in the early twentieth century it was the gasoline-combustion engine, built by a young, unknown, industrious man named Henry Ford. Born into a steam-powered world, the young farm boy saw the advantages of internal combustion; using his innate mechanical abilities, hard work, and imagination he transformed the US's industry and went on to become an American icon. In many ways, his story is well known; in just as many other ways, it is not. Richard Snow 'writes with verve and a keen eye' (New York Times Book Review) to weave together a fascinating narrative of Ford's rise to fame-as well as his creative personality and spirit-through his greatest invention, the Model T. The car transformed our nation in a decade, and made Ford a national hero. But then Ford soured, and the benevolent side of his character went into an ever-deepening eclipse, even as the cultural change he initiated remade America.

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 32mm | 539.99g
  • 23 May 2013
  • New York
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1451645570
  • 9781451645576
  • 632,524

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Author Information

Richard Snow worked at American Heritage magazine for nearly four decades and was its editor-in-chief for seventeen years. He is the author of several books, has served as a consultant for historical motion pictures-among them Glory-and has written for documentaries, including the Burns brothers' Civil War.

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"Richard Snow presents a biography of a brilliant, difficult and strange man, a technological thriller about the most important machine he made, and a social history of the country it transformed. You live in the world Henry Ford made; here is how it happened. "I Invented the Modern Age" is clear, amusing, stern and poignant."--Richard Brookhiser "author of James Madison "

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