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Once Upon a Car : The Fall and Resurrection of America's Big Three Automakers--GM, Ford, and Chrysler

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Once Upon a Car is the fascinating epic story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Big Three U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Written by Bill Vlasic, the Detroit bureau chief for the New York Times and acclaimed author of Taken for a Ride, this eye-opening, richly anecdotal work is more than a riveting and insightful business history. It offers a clear-eyed view of the present day automobile industry and of Detroit, the city that spawned it, going far beyond the corporate and federal maneuverings to explore the impact the car companies' failures have had on the overall economy, and more importantly what they have done to people's lives. Relevant and thought-provoking, Once Upon a Car is an unforgettable journey deep inside this quintessentially American industry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 410 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061845639
  • 9780061845635
  • 490,133

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"Once Upon a Car is the best book on the whole shebang that you are ever going to read... a critical history."--Huffington Post
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Once Upon a Car is the brilliantly reported, inside-the-boardrooms-and-factories story of Detroit's fight for survival, going beyond the headlines to chronicle how the country's Big Three auto companies teetered on the brink of collapse and pulled themselves together under new leadership at Ford and government assistance to General Motors and Chrysler. In this riveting true account of an iconic industry in crisis, Bill Vlasic takes readers from the gleaming corporate skyscrapers, massive auto plants, and union halls to the U.S. Congress and into the Oval Office, introducing a cast of memorable characters, many of whom are speaking out for the first time. Once Upon a Car is a uniquely American tale of success, failure, and redemption, chronicling a vitally important chapter in an astonishing story that is still unfolding--a story no one is more qualified to tell than Bill Vlasic.
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285 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 48% (137)
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