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Car Guys Vs. Bean Counters (Library Edition): The Battle for the Soul of American Business

Car Guys Vs. Bean Counters (Library Edition): The Battle for the Soul of American Business

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By (author) Bob Lutz, Narrator Norman Dietz

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 170mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452632936
  • ISBN 13: 9781452632933
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed
  • Sales rank: 1,378,430

Product description

In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public's imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys held sway, and GM dominated with bold, creative leadership and iconic brands like Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, GMC, and Chevrolet. But then GM's leadership began to put their faith in analysis, determined to eliminate the "waste" and "personality worship" of the bygone creative leaders. Management got too smart for its own good. With the bean counters firmly in charge, carmakers (and much of American industry) lost their single-minded focus on product excellence. Decline followed. Lutz's commonsense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace.

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Author information

Bob Lutz spent forty-seven years working in the automobile industry, culminating in the vice chairmanship of General Motors. He is the bestselling author of "Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Made Chrysler the World's Hottest Car Company." Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from "AudioFile" magazine, the ALA, and "Publishers Weekly." Additionally, "AudioFile" named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

Review quote

"Norman Dietz provides a steady-paced, documentary-style approach to this intriguing material. Lutz's comments will appeal to anyone interested in the fascinating world of auto manufacturing." ---Library Journal Audio Review