Ford is a rather ticklish subject for juvenile biography. On the one hand, his is an Horatic Alger chronicle, as a self-educated genius rises to fame and fortune. On the other hand, he was at times viciously anti-union and anti-semitic, and pathetically naive in his social thinking. The author has done an interesting and generally fair picture of the man, with very little whitewash on the brush. Here and there is evident a tendency to ascribe some of Ford's questionable traits to whimsy or American rugged individualism, but on the whole the biographer achieves a well-written and relatively unbiased account of an important American industrialist.