Books: Long Night's Journey into Day

FORD: DECLINE AND REBIRTH 1933-1962 by Allan Nevins and Frank Ernest Hill. 476 pages. Scribner. $8.95.

To millions around the world, Ford is a better-known name than Eisenhower. But to other millions in the U.S. during the Depression 1930s, Ford was just a four-letter word. As the past glories of mercurial old Henry and his cantankerous Model T faded, the great tinkerer ebbed into senility and the empire he created was rent by skull-smashing labor strife and long-knifed infighting among executives for shreds of power.

How the empire came to the brink and how...

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