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Bak, Richard 1954-

Overview
Works: 42 works in 107 publications in 1 language and 5,353 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives  Pictorial works  Interviews  Fiction  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HD9710.U52, B
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Most widely held works by Richard Bak
Henry and Edsel : the creation of the Ford Empire by Richard Bak( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Henry and Edsel is the first biography to focus on both the legendary founder of the Ford Motor Company and the son who led the company's transformation from successful manufacturer to business empire. Author Richard Bak offers a daring new perspective on the human drama that changed the shape of Ford. He examines the ongoing friction between Henry and Edsel over adapting to a changing competitive environment and lays bare the stark contrasts between the two men - both their personalities and their approach to the design, construction, and marketing of automobiles." "In these pages, Henry Ford emerges as a complex and self-contradictory man who was not entirely comfortable in the new world that he had done so much to create. Renowned as an innovator, he resisted desperately needed changes in his own company - everything from painting cars any color other than black to providing financing for car buyers. A self-styled friend of the working man, he despised labor unions and appointed the ruthless Henry Bennett to squash any hint of unionization at Ford." "Among the many surprises in this fascinating exploration of the ultimate family business run by the quintessential business family is its portrait of Edsel Ford. Often viewed as a weak and ineffectual manager, Edsel is revealed as a gifted, levelheaded, and imaginative businessman with a keen sense of where the market was headed. When the company's very survival was at stake during the tumultuous 1920s and 1930s, it was Edsel who envisioned and pushed for the daring changes that turned Ford into a powerful, modern corporation." "Another compelling character in this classic American story is Henry Bennett, often referred to as Ford's second son. A hard-drinking barroom brawler in his youth, Bennett rose through sheer toughness and force of will to become Henry Ford's heir apparent. The climactic struggle among these three very different men to control the vast and growing Ford empire was one of the most dramatic conflicts in the history of American business." "Complete with compelling portraits of important Ford competitors, executives, and family members, as well as a fascinating array of family and official company photos, Henry and Edsel is must reading for anyone interested in business, the auto industry, or the fascinating world of the early twentieth century."--Jacket
The day Lincoln was shot : an illustrated chronicle by Richard Bak( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the factors and events that lead to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and examines the lives of Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth; includes eyewitness accounts and photographs
The big jump : Lindbergh and the great Atlantic air race by Richard Bak( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The trans-Atlantic air race of 1927 and the flight that made Charles Lindbergh a hero. The race to make the first nonstop flight between the New York and Paris attracted some of the most famous and seasoned aviators of the day, yet it was the young and lesser known Charles Lindbergh who won the $25,000 Orteig Prize in 1927 for his history-making solo flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. Drawing on many previously overlooked sources, Bak offers a fresh look at the personalities that made up this epic air race--a deadly competition that culminated in one of the twentieth century's most thrilling personal achievements and turned Charles Lindbergh into the first international hero of the modern age ... Examines the extraordinary life and cultural impact of Charles Lindbergh, one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, and his legendary trans-Atlantic flight that captured the world's imagination. Explores the romance of flying during aviation's Golden Age of the 1920s, the enduring mystique of the aviator, and rapid technological advances that made for a paradigm shift in human perception of the world. Filled with colorful characters from early aviation history, including Charles Nungesser, Igor Sikorsky, Rene Fonck, Richard Byrd, and Paul Tarascon. History and the imagination take flight in this gripping account of high-flying adventure, in which a group of courageous men tested the both limits of technology and the power of nature in pursuit of one of mankind's boldest dreams"--Provided by publisher
Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars : the Negro leagues in Detroit, 1919-1933 by Richard Bak( Book )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In recalling the early part of this century in baseball history, casual fans tend to glorify legends like Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. While these remarkable players dazzled fans and grabbed headlines, black players who were every bit as good went unnoticed outside the Negro leagues. Because a "gentleman's agreement" among the white owners of organized baseball banned blacks from the major and minor leagues from the 1880s through 1946, the Negro National League provided black players the sole opportunity to display their talent." "In Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars, Richard Bak documents the extraordinary history of Detroit's first and foremost black professional baseball team. This groundbreaking analysis of Detroit's entry in the Negro National League brings to life a fascinating story of skill, pride, and perseverance." "As a charter member of Andrew "Rube" Foster's National Negro League, the Detroit Stars quickly evolved into an integral part of black culture. From the team's beginning in 1919 to its demise in 1933, the Stars offered Detroit's black community entertainment and a short respite from the hardships of daily life. Moreover, the Detroit Stars represented a rare example of successful black entrepreneurship." "The greatest Star of them all was Norman "Turkey" Stearnes, the brilliant longball-hitting center fielder. Stearnes established virtually all of the team's individual and career records during his nine seasons with Detroit." "Through interviews with fans, players and their relatives, and sportswriters, author Richard Bak successfully captures the intrigue and drama of the Motor City's parallel sports worlds - one black, one white. Brimming with anecdotes, Turkey Stearnes and The Detroit Stars includes oral histories; biographical sketches of players, owners, and fans; and scores of unique photographs. A bonus is the comprehensive statistical overview, the first-ever for a single Negro league team."--Jacket
The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This reprint of Theodore Roosevelt's classic 1899 memoir of the Spanish-American War presents a publishing watermark for American history buffs. In addition to Roosevelt's original text, this expanded volume includes a biographical sketch of the former president, approximately 175 historical illustrations including an 8-page color insert, and a new epilogue
Joe Louis : the great Black hope by Richard Bak( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the prizefighter's rise from a sharecropper's cabin in Alabama to the sweaty Brewster gym in Detroit to his lofty position as a genuine American hero. Explores his impact on an entire generation of black Americans, including such figures as Lena Horne and Richard Wright. Louis emerges as the country's first bonafide black hero; as much as any sit-in or march, the Brown Bomber forced America to re-examine its policies and attitudes.--From publisher description
Lou Gehrig : an American classic by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The CSS Hunley : the greatest undersea adventure of the Civil War by Richard Bak( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ty Cobb : his tumultuous life and times by Richard Bak( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Casey Stengel : a splendid baseball life by Richard Bak( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cobb would have caught it : the golden age of baseball in Detroit by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A place for summer : a narrative history of Tiger Stadium by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distant thunder : Michigan in the Civil War by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights experiences and contributions of Michiganians during the Civil War era, including abolitionist Laura Haviland of Adrian, Julia Wheelock, George Armstrong Custer, and Johnny Clem (Johnny Shiloh), Robert Hendershot; also spotlighted are men of the 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry, Sarah Emma Edmonds, and George Sidmand of Owosso
Detroitland : a collection of movers, shakers, lost souls, and history makers from Detroit's past by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From The Books Back Cover: Welcome to Detroitland, where award-winning journalist Richard Bak brings to life episodes from roughly a century of Detroit's colorful history. Bak tackles familiar names like Frank Murphy, the Purple Gang, the Lone Ranger, "Potato Patch" Pingree, and Charles Lindbergh. He also introduces little-known Detroit characters like the Black Legion, Detroit's own version of the Ku Klux Klan: Jonny Miler, the man who walloped Joe Louis in the Brown Bomber's first-ever amateur fight; patrolman Ben Turpin, the terror of Black Bottom criminals; Sophie Lyons, legendary "Queen of the Underworld" and Detroit philanthropist; and Shorty Long, Brenda Holloway, the Velvelettes, and other forgotten Motown artists of the 60's
Detroit, 1900-1930 by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this new addition to the Images of America series, Richard Bak takes us on a visual journey through Detroit's golden era, encompassing the first three decades of the twentieth century. It was during this time that the City of Detroit experienced its most rapid physical growth and underwent an unprecedented pace of social and technological change. Detroit: 1900-1930 contains nearly 190 illustrations, including studio portraits, snapshots, postcards, song sheet covers, and period advertisements. Collectively, these images evoke a past that is often too easily forgotten as older Detroiters pass away. As you thumb through the pages of this book, you will encounter such influential people as Henry Ford and other automotive pioneers who helped to "put the world on wheels." Experience daily life as it was lived at the time of the First World War, and discover the major role Detroit played in this historic conflict. This volume highlights the wave of immigration that occurred here at the turn of the century, when roughly half of the city's population hailed from other countries. Also featured are various scenes from the "Roaring Twenties," the ill-fated experiment in Prohibition, and the effect of the Great Depression on the city's economy
Lindbergh : triumph and tragedy by Richard Bak( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peach : Ty Cobb in his time and ours by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ty Cobb remains arguably the greatest playere in the long history of baseball. Certainly the Detroit Tigers outfielder remains the most controversial. But it was his blowtorch intensity and mercurial personality that set the "Georgia Peach" apart from all the others
Yankees baseball : the golden age by Richard Bak( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1920 and 1964, the Bronx Bombers dominated the game of baseball. It was a time when baseball players enjoyed an elevated status as national icons, a time when men wearing baggy, flannel uniforms and sporting pancake gloves played for little more than "the love of the game." In this striking and nostalgic volume featuring many rarely seen photographs, we meet the heroes that were the New York Yankees. The Yankees won 29 American League pennants and 20 World Series during this golden era, their diamond exploits thrilling generations of fans and their statistical achievements becoming familiar numbers in the lore of the game: Babe Ruth's 714 home runs; Lou Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive games played; Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak; Casey Stengel's 5 straight world championships; Mickey Mantle's 565-foot home run; and Roger Maris's 61 round-trippers. The tradition of excellence began in the 1920s with the Murderers' Row teams, named for their "killer" batting lineups, and continued through the early 1960s, by which time the Bronx Bombers had established themselves as the most successful franchise in sports history
The corner : a century of memories at Michigan and Trumbull by Richard Bak( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boneyards : Detroit under ground by Richard Bak( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Henry and Edsel : the creation of the Ford Empire
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The day Lincoln was shot : an illustrated chronicleThe big jump : Lindbergh and the great Atlantic air raceTurkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars : the Negro leagues in Detroit, 1919-1933The Rough RidersJoe Louis : the great Black hopeLou Gehrig : an American classicThe CSS Hunley : the greatest undersea adventure of the Civil WarCobb would have caught it : the golden age of baseball in Detroit
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