THE EXPANDED AND ANNOTATED MY LIFE AND WORK Henry Ford’s Universal Code for World-Class Success


pmwj16-nov2013-mehrooz-IMAGE 1 BOOK COVERBook Title:  THE EXPANDED AND ANNOTATED MY LIFE AND WORK Henry Ford’s Universal Code for World-Class Success
Author:  Henry Ford, Samuel Crowther and William A. Levinson
Publisher: CRC Press
Format:  Hard cover; 267 pages
Publication Date:   2013
ISBN: 978-1-4665-5771-0
Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP
Review Date:            September 2013

Introduction to the Book

This book provides insight on Henry Ford’s visions, approach and impact on the industrial revolution.  During this period, Ford inspired and improved productivity and affluence of many lives in the US. His annotations reveal his desire to utilize his mechanical inclinations rather than working on a farm as a young boy and how this later transpired to the application of his universal code for world-class success.  The supporting authors also share how these valuable lessons can be applied to modern challenges.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 19 chapters in addition to the preface, editor’s introductions and Henry Ford’s Introduction and conclusion sections:

  1. The Beginning of Business
  2. What I Learned about Business
  3. Starting the Real Business
  4. The Secret of Manufacturing and Serving
  5. Getting into Production
  6. Machines and Men
  7. The Terror of the Machine
  8. Wages
  9. Why Not Always Have Good Business?
  10. How Cheaply Can Things Be Made
  11. Money and Goods
  12. Money: Master or Servant?
  13. Why Be Poor?
  14. The Tractor and Power Farming
  15. Why Charity?
  16. The Railroads
  17. Things in General
  18. Democracy and Industry
  19. What We May Expect

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

  • Understanding the driving factors and application of Henry Ford’s universal code for world-class success
  • Lessons learned from these codes and how they can be applied to modern challenges
  • Insight into Ford’s life on a personal view from his early days to various life stages and how this impacted his leadership style 


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

North Texas, USA 

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and have worked in defense, telecom and other commercial industries.  Most recently, her focus area has been on IT operations, project and program management.  She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas PMI chapters. Email: [email protected] 

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