Crash Course

Crash Course

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With an updated Afterword by the author. This is the epic saga of the American automobile industrya€™s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroita€™s Big Three car companiesa€”once proud symbols of prosperitya€”through bankruptcy. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroita€™s boardrooms to the White House. Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroita€™s self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? Complete with a new Afterword providing fresh insights into the continuing upheaval in the auto industrya€”the travails of Toyota, the revolving-door management and IPO at General Motors, the unexpected progress at Chrysler, and the Obama administrationa€™s stake in Detroita€™s recoverya€”Crash Course addresses a critical question: America bailed out GM, but who will bail out America?A typical episode occurred in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1969, when two boys driving a hot new Ford Mustang pulled out of ... on December 7, 2008, Detroita#39;s greatest hour of need, three gleaming white onesa€”a Chevrolet Tahoe, a Ford Escape, and a Dodge Aspena€”were parked like sacred icons at the altar fora special service at the Greater Grace Temple Pentecostal Church on Detroits northwest side.

Title:Crash Course
Author:Paul Ingrassia
Publisher:Random House - 2010-01-05


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