Belaboring the Obvious

Friday, October 08, 2010

Just an advisory....

Greg Grandin's Fordlandia is an exceptional work, for its history and its narrative.

He's imminently fair toward Henry Ford, and ably charts the changes in Ford from a liberal (but, terribly patrician) policy wonk favoring industrialization as the answer to all things to an authoritarian autocrat perceived by most as losing his grip, and, facing the demands and trials of the Amazon, finds himself the lesser.

It's a remarkable story, admirably told by Grandin, of a time and place long forgotten.


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