I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford

I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford

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I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Henry Ford's Real Invention Entertaining biography of an important figure in American history? check. Widely acclaimed historian-writer? Check. Excitement and intrigue? Check. Each of these facets is available in Richard Snow's "I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford." With attention to detail, Snow has created a fresh look at a familiar figure. Few are familiar with Ford's humble beginnings are a farmer, and the author paints a picture of a resourceful boy who used salvaged scraps to initiate an empire that would transform the world. Clearly, Snow has strength in weaving details and anecdotes in a surprising way. The result is a solid characterization. Snow's fantastic storytelling methods makes for an amusing tale, even for those who have read Ford biographies in the past. It seems an accurate depiction of a transformation from a farmer who simply "knew how things were put together" to an innovator who was "making half the automobiles in America." In fact, ratings for "I Invented the Modern Age" tend to be more positive than those Steven Watts' "The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century." This is a biography that paints the whole picture without shying away from controversy. While Henry Ford is an industrious innovator who has contributed immensely to American culture, he was not a likable man at his core. "I Invented the Modern Age" is a great choice to sit among your well-written biographies or automobile books like How to Restore the Model A Ford.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for my school research project on Henry Ford. In order to read this book, you must have a firm interest in Henry Ford. Richard Snow goes very detailed on all the people that come into his life on his way to success. Personally, I found this book challenging due to the weird format it has. Snow tends to go back and forth between dates and time periods. There are plenty of people that you will read about, but not all them are so relevant, nonetheless, you learn all about them. This is the kind of book you have to constantly take notes in and highlight, or you will become lost real quick. Another thing is that Snow will not stress enough on particular topics you must learn the answers to, so you will require some extra research. However, he does provide you with a very educational and vast biography that will give you various answers in regards to this legacy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago