June 27th 2009
A Savage Factory. An eyewitness account of the auto industry’s self-destruction. Robert J. Dewar. 2009. ISBN 9781438952932. Obama and his industry hand out guys should have read this book. The author writes a narrative that is as gripping and fast paced as any No.1 thriller. If you had any thoughts that the problems of the US auto giants were not self induced , you will have them quickly dispelled by this well written book. I can validate the ignorant, vulgarity-laced behavior of senior auto execs as one of my “leaders” at Commodore Business Machines had come straight out of the GM executive ranks, that memory still boggles me. This book just confirms that the US auto industry needs to fail to improve, and that the bail out money is long gone. Data point, while the US firms have been laying off steadily in the US over the last ten years, the US plants of the Japanese/German auto ompanies have hired as many people for their non union plants, so the net numbers of auto employees has remained the same! Terrific book for a cross country flight.
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