The Glass House was never so transparent as in 2002. Critical management moves at Ford Motor Co. were played out in public – sometimes by design, sometimes not. But as each decision was taken, the influence of Chairman and CEO William C. Ford Jr. became clearer, and clearer. Seizing with quiet determination the mantle of power hewn by his great-grandfather, company founder Henry Ford, he alternately basked in the glow of public affection, and baked in the heat of criticism – aimed not at ...

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