The New Men

The New Men

by Jon Enfield

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BN ID: 2940149381135
Publisher: Wayzgoose Press
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 957 KB

About the Author

Jon Enfield has written for a range of audiences and publications. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Poetry Ireland Review, Underground Voices, Xavier Review, and He is a former fiction editor of Chicago Review, and he taught writing at the University of Southern California for several years. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago for his dissertation on the relationships between American film and fiction 1910-1940. The New Men arose from his longstanding fascination with America in the early twentieth century and from his sense that the emergence and evolution of the American auto industry shed light on some fundamental realities of present-day America.

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The New Men 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You probably know how Detroit's Ford Motor Company built cars like the Model T for ordinary Americans. You probably don't know that Ford also tried to build Americans into perfect workers for its factories. The New Men not only tells this story but also makes it clear why we _should_ know it. Enfield's thoroughly researched book follows the adventures of Tony Grams, who emigrates from Sardinia as a child and becomes an inspector in Ford's Sociological Department in 1913. Grams and his fellow inspectors visit the private homes of assembly line employees to make sure they spend what was then a princely wage of $5 per day on the things Ford approves-- nice houses, new furniture, wives, and children-- and not on gambling, whores, or liquor. But the pursuit of perfection is never dull in this novel because The New Men assembles a delightfully flawed cast of characters whose love lives, political entanglements, and unpredictable choices keep the reader in suspense. As Ford's tactics for achieving "regular men" become more menacing, the novel asks us to consider whether being a new man is incompatible with being a good man. The New Men brings a key moment in the history of our modern world back to vivid life and poses questions that stay with the reader long after the pleasure of reading this novel is over.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
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.
walc More than 1 year ago