Henry Ford and Friends | The Ultimate Mastermind Group

Henry Ford and Friends | The Ultimate Mastermind Group


Henry Ford had some rather interesting friends. And, I guess, if you were  smart and rich in the early part of the twentieth century, you would, too. The book, Uncommon Friends by James Newton, tells about the friendship Henry Ford shared with the author as well as Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh. Now, that’s a mastermind group, eh?!

I mean, you’ve got all the big wigs with some pretty impressive credentials. These were not some spoiled rich kids who inherited their money. They were all self-made men. 


Henry Ford: Cars and the modern assembly line.

Thomas Edison: umm, electricity among other things. A lot of other things.

Harvey Firestone: Made the first tires for the Model T and then made a huge fortune off said tires.

Alexis Carrel: Nobel prize-winning surgeon who figured out how to suture blood vessels and prevent infection during surgery.

Charles Lindbergh: Hot shot aviator and the 1st to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He actually helped design the Boeing 747.

These people were not only contemporaries, but friends. They bounced ideas off each other. Carrel and Lindbergh invented an artificial heart together. Firestone’s ideas helped get the Model T on the road. It was running on bicycle tires and Ford knew that wouldn’t work for long. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during some of their talks. Can you imagine? Wow. Well, at least with this book, you can come close, really close.