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Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City [Paperback]

Item : Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City [Paperback]
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Author Author : Grandin, Greg
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0312429622
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780312429621
Publisher Publisher : Picador
Pages Pages : 432
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100070675

The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon

In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets.

Fordlandia, as the settlement was called, quickly became the site of an epic clash. On one side was the car magnate, lean, austere, the man who reduced industrial production to its simplest motions; on the other, the Amazon, lush, extravagant, the most complex ecological system on the planet. Ford's early success in imposing time clocks and square dances on the jungle soon collapsed, as indigenous workers, rejecting his midwestern Puritanism, turned the place into a ribald tropical boomtown. Fordlandia's eventual demise as a rubber plantation foreshadowed the practices that today are laying waste to the rain forest.

More than a parable of one man's arrogant attempt to force his will on the natural world,Fordlandiadepicts a desperate quest to salvage the bygone America that the Ford factory system did much to dispatch. As Greg Grandin shows in this gripping and mordantly observed history, Ford's great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained.
Fordlandiais a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Grandin tells a gripping story of high hopes and deep failure, a saga that in some ways is a morality tale for the American century. The Boston Globe

Historian Greg Grandin has taken what heretofore seemed just such a marginal event. . . and turned it into a fascinating historical narrative that illuminates the auto industry's contemporary crisis, tlă,

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