INDUSTRIAL VOYAGE by Paul Litchfield


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Mr. Litchfield is Chairman of the Board of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and his readable autobiography traces a half century of industrial development as well as his personal experiences with the company and at home. A full length life history, it begins with Mr. Litchfield's New England ancestry (which he traces in an appendixed genealogy back to George Soule, a Mayflower passenger) and the scenes of his childhood and college days at M.I.T. for which he has a retentive and colorful memory. With an engineering degree, Litchfield was hired by Goodyear in 1900 to go to Akron and be plant superintendant at $2,500 a year. Through the years, though his title changed from superintendent to vice-president to president, Litchfield's duties did not and he has remained in charge of the increasingly more gigantic job of production from the start. But interests in other things as well- the labor for whom he pioneered, world wide growth of the company and Goodyear's relationship to the economic and wartime upheavals of the 20's, 30's and 40's. For the particular interests, a business man's valid view of his occupation in a changing world.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1954
Publisher: Doubleday