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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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54. THE PAST BECOMES THE FUTURE

J. EDWARD LUNDY HAD retired as the chief financial officer of the Ford Motor Company in June 1979. He remained not just active but powerful, however. He was the vice-chairman of the finance committee of the board—the chairman was Henry Ford himself—and he continued to wield influence through his network of bright young men, some of them not so young anymore, who had advanced into key positions throughout the company. His life, as befit a man with so many friendships, was uncommonly rich. It was the carefully arranged life of a nineteenth-century man who fended off the pressure and crudeness of the late twentieth century so that he could do the things he wanted to do. As a company executive he had loathed trips ...

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