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qPick a good model and stay with it, q Henry Ford once said. No, he was not talking about cars; he was talking about marriage. Was Clara Bryant Ford a qgood modelq? Her husband of fifty-nine years seems to have thought so. He called her qThe Believer, q and indeed Clara's unwavering support of Henry's pursuits and her patient tolerance of the quirks and obsessions that accompanied her husband's genius made it possible for him to change the world. In telling the story of Clara Ford, author Ford Bryan also charts the course of the growing automobile industry and the life of the enigmatic man at its helm. But the book's heart is Clara herselfa€”daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother; cook, gardener, and dancer; modest philanthropist and quiet role model. Clara is newly revealed in accounts and documents gleaned from personal papers, oral histories, and archival material never made public until now. These include receipts and recipes, diaries and genealogies, and 175 photographs.With minor Ford Motor Company stockholders bought out, Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford aamp; Son are reorganized as familyowned corporations with Henry ... Ten-millionth Ford Model T is built. 1925. January 15. Ford Airport in Dearborn is dedicated. March 14. William Clay Ford, son of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, is born .

Author:Ford R. Bryan
Publisher:Wayne State University Press - 2015-07-01


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