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The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere Hardcover – Mar 31 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press; 1 edition (March 31 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875803369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875803364
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A most useful addition to the literature on Deere and Company, and the environment in which the business operated."—Agricultural History Review

"Lucidly written ... an interesting picture of John and Charles in a concise and very readable book."—Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

"[An] outstanding study in business history ... particularly illuminating on the close relations that bound industry to agriculture during the pioneering period of settlement in the Midwest. It is an enthralling story."—Indiana Magazine of History

About the Author

Jeremy Dahlstrom and Neil Dahlstrom, natives of "John Deere Country" in Moline, Illinois, tell this engaging, inspirational story of John and Charles Deere, shedding light on the two men as business partners and as a devoted father-and-son team. Historian David Vaught provides an introduction describing the role that Deere & Company played in the industrialization of American agriculture.

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Good story John Deere and his son Charles. Not a long book. Easy to follow. I was hoping for more on John.
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HASH(0xa1723a20) out of 5 stars If you enjoy historical biographies, check this book out! Sept. 8 2005
By W. Kelley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"The John Deere Story" tells a great tale. It focuses on John Deere's development of the modern plow, his successes and failures as a businessman and his business-minded son Charles' success in promoting what is now an international brand. But what also makes this story great is the insight into the 1800's modernization of agriculture and the development of a modern Midwestern city (Moline, Illinois). Because industrialization was still young, it was interesting to read about trademark rights, competition, sales, antitrust arguments and other modern business practices that were being established at the time the Deere family was beginning to make its mark.

There is a lot of detail in this book, so follow the names of the cast of characters closely. It's worth a read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1723a74) out of 5 stars Gift Purchase Jan. 18 2012
By M. Hallock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this item as a gift for my father. I, myself was not aware of the full history of John Deere and I found it very informational.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By charles - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great read on the early history of John Deere. Tells of the early success and failures of John Deere. Has a few old pictures.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1723e94) out of 5 stars Very Nice Feb. 28 2013
By Kat0920 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Arrived on time, turned out to be a great gift for my brother-in-law, hes a John Deere employee and loves anything John Deere. perfect gift for the guy who has everything related to John Deere already.
HASH(0xa172527c) out of 5 stars Lots of Facts Not so Organized Feb. 24 2014
By Kent T. Miner - Published on
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This is a VERY in depth book about John Deer and the history of American farming. We originally bought this book for a 11 year-old who needed to write a report about an American Icon and he had picked John Deere. Since there were no books about him in the school library, we bought this book. It was a little too in depth for him to get finished with the book for his project but he has really enjoyed learning about all of John Deere and American farming and has continued to read this book far past the project deadline.