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The Inside Story of America's Industry Tycoons

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The ‘People’s Tycoon’ Goes on Trial

“I don’t know anything about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world,” Henry Ford told the Chicago Tribune in 1916. Three years later, the newspaper’s lawyers found themselves trying to prove Ford’s avowed ignorance in a court of law, and this time it was the Tribune that was refusing to give a nickel for libeling the powerful industrialist — even if the actual verdict was a whopping 6 cents. In the course of that famous trial, the American public would be treated to a romp through the shallow depths of a prominent figure’s mind. Read the story here.

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