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“For men like Ford, Firestone, and Edison, whose success in the world had given them access to any thing they might want, these impressions [of the great Smoky Mountains] had a value beyond calculation.” American Journey, p. 276
In 1918, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and naturalist John Burroughs took a long road trip in the eastern United States. They slept under the stars, cooked outside, and made their way through the countryside, meeting people, investigating curiosities, and deepening their friendships as they went.
That story, and the events leading up to and following after it, serve as the focus for American Journey: On the Road with Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and John Burroughs, a new book by Wes Davis.
In this episode of Dial P, Kelly Barner shares her impressions from American Journey:
- Just enough of the story of this journey and the friendships formed on it to provide context
- Observations about how business and society have changed in the 105 years since Ford, Firestone, Edison, and Burroughs took to the road
- Inspiration to look at things a little differently by maintaining a balance of innovation and time in nature