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.
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