In the third and final volume of the Ford trilogy, we see Ford facing the depression as ""an aging David, without a sure weapon to fell his great adversary"". His friendly relationship with the New Deal was derailed by the National Recovery Act which he could not accept and would not observe. All of the years that encompass the Depression and World War II and that see the decline of Henry I and the rise of Henry II are covered and shed light on the intrigues of empire. With the war came a gearing for war production and Edsel's untimely death at 49 of ""stomach cancer, undulant fever and a broken heart"". For central here is Ford's attle for power in his waning years. The life of the company overseas is included in this story of one man's shadow grown great -- and despite the immensity of the company which took on an identity of its own -- that of the founder is given appropriate tribute.