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Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

“Fordlândia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City” by Greg Grandin

In 1927, Henry Ford purchased property twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. He wanted to grow rubber there for his automobile line, but his business’ American policies clashed with indigenous workers’ native sensibilities. Author Greg Grandin chronicles the rise and demise of Fordlândia, which ultimately was sold for a $20 million loss after synthetic rubber’s rise.

Sandra Dreaden is the Crestview Public Library's reference librarian.

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