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The Complete Sayings of Jesus
HENRY FORDFord's signature on a presentation copy of The Complete Sayings of Jesus, with the name of recipient Harry Bennett, Ford's enforcer notorious for his violent repression of labor, engraved in gilt letters on front cover. An ironic gift, given Bennett's role!Book signed: "Henry Ford", 280 pages, 3¼x5½. Book titled The Complete Sayings of Jesus. Williamsburg, Massachusetts: D. H. Pierpont & Co., 1927. FIRST EDITION. Leather cover with gilt lettering. Signed on blank flyleaf. Edges, corners and spine at cover heavily worn and separating. Binding split at inside front and back covers. Accompanied by: B/w 8x10 of Ford and Bennett in Bennett's office. Heavily creased with major surface damage. Henry Ford (1863-1947), the Founder of Ford Motor Company, worked relentless to maximize efficiency and lower the price of his automobiles. Best known for the assembly line, Ford generated many other innovations which became standard, such as the dealer franchise system. The Model-T Ford, introduced in 1908, was affordable, easy to drive and to repair, and it revolutionized American life. Ford's other contributions include the first commercial airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor (1926). Although inclined to pacifism, Ford re-tooled his factories to make a major contribution to production in World War II. Some of Ford's personal views, especially his anti-Semitism, must be noted on the negative side of the ledger. Ford treated his workers very well, with high wages, a 40-hour week and profit-sharing. However, he was adamantly opposed to labor unions, however, and relied on Harry Bennett (1892-1979), head of his Service Department, to intimidate union organizers with strong arm tactics, including the beatings delivered at the "Battle of the Overpass" (1937). When grandson Henry Ford II assumed control of the company in 1945, his first act was to fire Bennett. Two items.
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