Monday, December 28, 2009

Fordlandia by Greg Grandin, 416 pages

A book I'd love to talk about with my Dad (timber industry) and people from Michigan who grew up w/the auto industry. Fordlandia is the story of Henry Ford's attempt in the first of half of the 20th century to build an American-style company town in Brazil in order to produce rubber. In addition to the tales of the struggles and misfires of the managers and workers of Fordlandia, the book also provides an interesting examination of Henry Ford in his later years. The epilogue very nicely brings it all back to what is happening in the global industry today.

Genre: nonfiction
Good Plane or Waiting Around in Line Reading: Yes
Good Enough Reading to Keep You Distracted From Plane Movie/Obnoxious People on Plane: Mostly
Hey, I guess this is Different: I don't really know that much about Ford, so not sure why I was surprised, but the connection between him and the Tennessee Valley Authority was interesting. Also thought the Diego Rivera Detroit Murals section was interesting. Great thing about nonfiction--always new stuff to learn.
Can read when depressed and/or when winter: not recommended--wait until spring

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