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Model T: How Henry Ford Built a Legend Hardcover – July 9, 2002
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-When Henry Ford decided to apply the manufacturing techniques pioneered by Eli Whitney, Cyrus McCormick, and Samuel Colt to building his Model T roadster, he changed the face of American labor and gave middle- and working-class Americans heretofore unimagined mobility, social as well as geographical. Weitzman is clearly an admirer and enthusiast of this pioneer's work, and his book will appeal to both history buffs and the mechanically minded. It's filled with statistics and odd bits of information, e.g., it took 41 separate operations to complete a chassis; a new Ford cost $850 in 1908, but the price had dropped to $265 by 1923. The illustrations of the machinery are clear, but, unfortunately, only one of them is labeled, and the human figures are awkwardly drawn. None of the information or quotes from the assembly-line workers is documented. Still, this is a valuable book for general collections and could well lead readers on to more detailed resources or deeper social history; it will also generate sparks in a classroom "how-to" book curriculum.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
Somehow Henry Ford knew what Americans were hankering for: ?Everybody wants to be someplace he ain?t. As soon as he gets there, he wants to go right back.? And so, he pioneered the Model T?the first affordable car for the masses.
David Weitzman has meticulously documented the development of the assembly line and the many innovations and adaptations Ford put to use in making his famous Tin Lizzy. When the Ford plant first opened, the crew could make 18,000 cars a year at a cost of $950 each. In just ten years, they had refined the process enough so that they could build one million cars in a year and the price had come down to about $350. Filled with detailed black-and-white drawings, helpful text and captions, and fascinating quotes from Ford employees, this elegant book gives young readers a look at a mechanical genius in action.
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