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July Great Book Picks in the Museum Store

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 13th

     Thomas Edison, Mina Edison, and Henry Ford have all been the focus of news stories recently. Monthly, the Curatorial Staff will pick books on timely topics or current events.

curator book picks july 2015     Time for Kids: Henry Ford – As a young boy, Henry Ford was fascinated by technology and how objects worked. His childhood interests led him to leave the Ford family farm in Michigan in search of a career with machinery, and the rest is automotive and economic history. This wonderfully written brief biography of the automobile tycoon will fascinate children who love history, cars, or simply enjoy a good book. Henry Ford’s 152nd birthday is July 30 and this book would be an excellent gift for kids ages 7 – 9 years old.

Arsenal of Democracy – While most commonly associated with the Model T, Henry Ford and his company played a huge, and often overlooked, role during World War II. This is not only a book about war, but also the story of Henry and Edsel Ford, their relationship, and their contributions to the allied war effort. Using archival material and exhaustive research, author A.J. Baime chronicles the little known battle to build America’s bomber force.

AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War – Long before there was VHS versus Betamax, Windows versus Macintosh, or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the first and fiercest standards war was fought between alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The battle over whether alternating or direct current would be the standard for transmitting electricity around the world changed the lives of billions of people, shaped the modern technological age, and set the stage for all standard wars to follow.

Today’s Digital Age wizards can take lessons from Edison’s fierce battle – control an invention’s technical standard and you control the market. Those who enjoy social or technological history will surely enjoy this book.

Each of these books, and many more, are available in the Edison Ford Museum Store and also in the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.

Be on the lookout for next month’s Great Book Picks!

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