Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel, and Charles…

Paperback | January 12, 2001

byJames Newton

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Newton engagingly recalls a lifetime of friendship with five giants of the twentieth century. Foreword by Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Index; photographs.

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James Newton is an extraordinary man who formed friendships with several men who helped shape the 20th century. His associations found him a witness to the unveiling of Ford's new V-8 engine; discussing humanity with the father of modern surgery, Alexis Carrel; and in prewar France with the Lindbergh family. Illustrated

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Newton engagingly recalls a lifetime of friendship with five giants of the twentieth century. Foreword by Anne Morrow Lindbergh; Index; photographs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.96 × 6.12 × 0.97 inPublished:January 12, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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James Newton is an extraordinary man who formed friendships with several men who helped shape the 20th century. His associations found him a witness to the unveiling of Ford's new V-8 engine; discussing humanity with the father of modern surgery, Alexis Carrel; and in prewar France with the Lindbergh family. Illustrated

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Now in his 80s, real-estate developer Newton recalls with uncritical admiration five celebrated men with whom he enjoyed almost filial relationships. According to the author, they all shared the same philosophy of life, enouncing business principles in terms of moral precepts. Newton's bonds with Carrel and with the scientist's friend and partner in medical research, Lindbergh, were forged by their common interest in metaphysics. The narrative is studded with anecdotes about the nature of these men: Edison's assertion that his deafness was an asset; Ford's dictum that profit is essential to business vitality; Firestone's advocacy of Japanese-style "consensus" management; Carrel's expectation of encountering Aristotle after death; and Lindbergh's revulsion at the destruction wrought by aviation in WW II.