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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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10. TOUGH LITTLE RICH BOY

HENRY FORD II WAS a man trying to perpetuate privilege in an age unsympathetic to it. That was not easily done, for it demanded that he comport himself as the modern egalitarian industrial leader while at the same time living the kingly private and corporate life in which he was always served. This split in his role produced contradictions in behavior. Single-minded in his desire to preserve the family industry, a man of intelligence and toughness and social grace, he sometimes seemed determined to conceal his abilities and play the boisterous sophomore. As such, he was an easy man to underestimate.

He had always been an industrial prince. With the possible exception of Nelson and David Rockefeller and Averell Harriman, ...

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