Henry and edsel the creation of the ford empire richard bak on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the epic struggle between a father and son and the building of a worldwide business empire in this retelling of the story of the rise of ford motors. This is an excellent dual biography of henry and edsel although as in life henry overshadows edsel in the book the book provides a concise history of ford motor from 1903 through 1947 when henry ii assumed control of the company. Although ford initially planned to have edsel take over the company he relied on the advice of henry bennett the tyrannical security chief who thought that edsel was a weakling according to bak edsel was a cultured talented man and an expert at designing cars. The epic struggle between a father and son and the building of a worldwide business empire in this retelling of the story of the rise of ford motors journalist richard bak offers a daring new read more. Edsel bryant ford november 6 1893 may 26 1943 was the son of clara jane bryant ford and the only child of henry fordhe was the president of ford motor company from 1919 to his death in 1943 his eldest son was henry ford ii
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