Book Of The Day – The New Men

by Ron on January 27, 2015

Today’s Book of the Day is a Historical Fiction novel by Jon Enfield and it’s 88% off for a limited time. The New Men has a 4.5 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $7!

“The New Men combines a fascinating subject with a story that is well written, genuinely hilarious, and always gripping.” Chris – Amazon Reviewer



The New Men
by Jon Enfield
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $7

 

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Tony Grams comes to America at the start of the twentieth century, set on becoming a new man. Driven to leave poverty behind, he lands a job at the Ford Motor Company that puts him at the center of a daring social and economic experiment.

The new century and the new auto industry are bursting with promise, and everyone wants Henry Ford’s Model T. But Ford needs men to make it. Better men. New men. Men tough enough and focused enough to handle the ever-bigger, ever-faster assembly line. Ford offers to double the standard wage for men who will be thrifty, sober, and dedicated… and who will let Ford investigators into their homes to confirm it.

Tony has just become one of those investigators. America and Ford have helped him build a new life, so at first he’s eager to get to work. But world war, labor strife, and racial tension pit his increasingly powerful employer against its increasingly desperate enemies.

As Tony and his family come under threat from all sides and he faces losing everything he’s built, he must struggle with his conscience and his weaknesses to protect the people he loves.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

I flew through The New Men, and learned a lot about the world on the way. This author masterfully weaves together history, relationships, comedy, tragedy, and romance to create a story that had me alternately laughing and crying… and always eager to find out what would happen next. A tremendous story that will be with me for many years to come.

*******

The New Men assembles a delightfully flawed cast of characters whose love lives, political entanglements, and unpredictable choices keep the reader in suspense.

*******

Just finished the book last night. So good. The research was obviously deep and thorough, and the voices were really clear. I loved the last few chapters in particular, the way he brought the repeated imagery and other tropes together in a reflective monologue. Really stunning. I can’t wait to read the next one!

*******

A remarkable and ambitious novel about a remarkable and ambitious project. The Ford Motor Company’s program, in the early twentieth century, to transform immigrant workers into Americans.

*******

I loved this book, I was really engrossed from start to finish. I knew nothing about Ford and Detroit and I learned a lot from it while also really enjoying the character development. It is the best book I have read this summer!

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About The Author

Jon Enfield has written for a range of audiences and publications. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Poetry Ireland Review, Underground Voices, Xavier Review, and Forbes.com. He is a former fiction editor of Chicago Review, and he taught writing at the University of Southern California for several years. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago for his dissertation on the relationships between American film and fiction 1910-1940. The New Men arose from his longstanding fascination with America in the early twentieth century and from his sense that the emergence and evolution of the American auto industry shed light on some fundamental realities of present-day America.

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