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Henry's Lieutenants

Ford R. Bryan

Automotive Studies, Biography, Business History

Great Lakes Books Series

Paperback
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814332139
Pages: 328 Size: 7x10
Illustrations: 121 black and white images
eBOOK
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814337714
Review

An essential reference for anyone interested in the group of talented subordinates who made Ford's vast and varied empire tick.

— Robert Casey

Although Henry Ford gloried in the limelight of highly publicized achievement, he privately admitted, "I don't do so much, I just go around lighting fires under other people."

Henry's Lieutenants features biographies of thirty-five "other people" who served Henry Ford in a variety of capacities, and nearly all of whom contributed to his fame. These biographical sketches and career highlights reflect the people of high caliber employed by Henry Ford to accomplish his goals: Harry Bennett, Albert Kahn, Ernest Kanzler, William S. Knudsen, and Charles E. Sorenson, among others. Most were employed by the Ford Motor Company, although a few of them were Ford's personal employees satisfying concurrent needs of a more private nature, including his farming, educational, and sociological ventures.

Ford Bryan obtained a considerable amount of the material in this book from the oral reminiscences of the subjects themselves.

Ford R. Bryan is a historical researcher for the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village Archives and Library. He is the author of Beyond the Model T: The Other Ventures of Henry Ford and The Fords of Dearborn: An Illustrated History.

Endlessly fascinating. A must for all Henry Ford I buffs.

– David R. Crippen, Henry Ford Museum

An essential reference for anyone interested in the group of talented subordinates who made Ford's vast and varied empire tick.

– Robert Casey, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village