Inscribed to the former President of the United Auto Workers, the new edition of The Legend of Henry Ford by Keith Sward.
Octavo, xviii, 550pp. Original soft cover, title in black on front cover and spine. Lacking the first edition statemen and features a new preface by William Greenleaf. Solid text block, sunned spine, light wear and creasing to corners, mild shelf wear. A bright example. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “From the Bearer, Ray Goodman + the Author, Keith Sward / To Leonard Woodcock who helped to right some of the wrongs in the house that Ford built. August, 1978.”
Leonard Woodcock (1911-2001) was the President of the United Auto Workers and the first United States Ambassador to China. Woodcock dropped out of college in 1933 and began working as a machine assembler in Detroit. As manufacturing unions grew, he joined the United Auto Workers. After the tragic airplane accident resulting in the death of former UAW president Walter Reuther, Woodcock was selected to lead, and would remain president of the union from 1970 through 1977. Due to his progressive ideals, Woodcock was listed #9 on Nixon’s Enemies List, with the notation “No comments necessary.”