THE AUTOCRAT appears to stand alone, when, in fact, he is intent upon tightening his inner circle so that it is safely composed of men who reinforce and reflect his way of thinking.
On December 31, 1920, E. G. Liebold cabled Warren C. "Fuzzy" Anderson, Ford's representative in Britain and a sixteen-year veteran of the company, and told him to "Secure passage on earliest date possible and report to Detroit immediately upon arrival.... Arrange matters so that you will not be inconvenienced if you do not return to England." Not once during his brief return to Detroit did Anderson ever see Ford face to face. He was simply dismissed, told by sales manager William A. Ryan that "he had not shown stature" of late and that he had left the European dealership structure in disarray.
In this preemptory assessment—which the crestfallen, bitter Anderson never understood—Liebold and Ryan were strongly