Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America's

Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America's Big Three Automakers--GM, Ford, and Chrysler [PDF / Epub] ★ Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America's Big Three Automakers--GM, Ford, and Chrysler By Bill Vlasic – Thomashillier.co.uk Once Upon a Car is the fascinating epic story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Big Three US automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler Written by Bill Vlasic, the Detroit bureau chief for the Once Upon a a Car: Kindle Ò Car is the fascinating epic story of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Big Three US automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler Written by Bill Vlasic, the Detroit bureau Once Upon Epub / chief for the New York Times and acclaimed author of Taken for a Ride, this eye opening, richly anecdotal work is than a riveting and insightful business history It offers a clear eyed view Upon a Car: ePUB ¹ 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 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.


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

  1. Socraticgadfly Socraticgadfly says:

    A good overview of how Detroit got to the location where GM and Chrysler both had to go through bankruptcies, with both rising gas prices gutting the market for trucks and SUVs and the Great Recession drying up credit.A good one but not a great one Way back in the 1980s, the UAW, as well as the Big Three, resisted building greener cars The UAW s Douglas Fraser invited Japan, in the persona of Honda, to come over so why didn t the UAW unionize plants outside of that one, the plants outside the A good overview of how Detroit got to the location where GM and Chrysler both had to go through bankruptcies, with both rising gas prices gutting the market for trucks and SUVs and the Great Recession drying up credit.A good one but not a great one Way back in the 1980s, the UAW, as well as the Big Three, resisted building greener cars The UAW s Douglas Fraser invited Japan, in the persona of Honda, to come over so why didn t the UAW unionize plants outside of that one, the plants outside the Midwest West Coast Years before the two bankruptcies, the Big Three all knew that healthcare costs were an albatross around their necks vis a vis the Japanese plants back in Japan, so why didn t they push for national health care Why didn t the UAW earlier, for that matter There s tentative to complete answers to much of those rhetorical questions, but Vlasic s book doesn t have a long enough time line to look at some of them Others, though, fit in the time frame he has, and he opts not to dig deeper.So, while it s a good book, it s not a great book It s also not great for ending so soon after the bankruptcy filings, with no prediction analysis for the future


  2. Will Meurer Will Meurer says:

    Makes me want to buy a Ford But not a Daimler, er Mercedes


  3. Max Max says:

    Loved, loved, loved this I was always a Chevy fan but after reading this although I still would never buy a Ford I have utmost respect for how the economic downturn or really just the threat of it Made Bill Ford Jr prepare He knew what was needed, knew he wasn t capable, and found himself Alan Mulally This is the story of why Ford didn t need a government bailout, what GM did before and after their bailout, and a little insight into the ride Chrysler was taken on during the turmoil chec Loved, loved, loved this I was always a Chevy fan but after reading this although I still would never buy a Ford I have utmost respect for how the economic downturn or really just the threat of it Made Bill Ford Jr prepare He knew what was needed, knew he wasn t capable, and found himself Alan Mulally This is the story of why Ford didn t need a government bailout, what GM did before and after their bailout, and a little insight into the ride Chrysler was taken on during the turmoil check out Taken For A Ride for a deeper delve into that subject


  4. Sabin Prentis Sabin Prentis says:

    The only thing I disliked about this book was finishing it Every page had me enthralled Particularly as a Detroit native who lived through a number of scenarios presented in the text It seems my life and my community was influenced and shaped by automative corporations and I we often wondered what they were thinking With this book, Classic answers those questions and .


  5. CHAD L MCLEISH CHAD L MCLEISH says:

    Reads like a novelCaptures your interest and tells a story that you don t want to stop reading Tells us the emotions, thoughts and feelings of the players Written almost in the format of a TV program with scenes that cut in and out Great read.


  6. Wenhui Zhu Wenhui Zhu says:

    Gossip about what happened during the economic crisis from 2005 to 2010 Ford is the only one of the Big Three who survived without government money.


  7. Tommy Tommy says:

    Really enjoyed this Was expectingof a textbook type style, so thankfully it was much, much better and easy to follow.


  8. Sicofonia Sicofonia says:

    This is a comprehensive story about the demise of the 3 American automakers during the last years of the 2000s You will discover why GM and Chrysler bankruptcy was an event that did not happen overnight.Years of self indulgence and bad planning and decision making put the industry on the verge of collapse Bill Vlasic did a good job of compiling the information, basing his resources on extensive interviews with the people directly involved in the matter.In my opinion it feels a little bit rushe This is a comprehensive story about the demise of the 3 American automakers during the last years of the 2000s You will discover why GM and Chrysler bankruptcy was an event that did not happen overnight.Years of self indulgence and bad planning and decision making put the industry on the verge of collapse Bill Vlasic did a good job of compiling the information, basing his resources on extensive interviews with the people directly involved in the matter.In my opinion it feels a little bit rushed by the last two chapters, covering the years 2009 and 2010 briefly However, the bulk of this book talks about the previous years, starting back on 2004 When the systemic problems that brought crisis to the sector started to be too evident to be ignored After reading this, you will realize it is no wonder the industry could not cope with the financial crisis that burst in 2008


  9. Ross Ross says:

    I was disappointed with this book because I was seeking some detailed analysis of the condition of GM and Chrysler when then finally went into bankruptcy under the control of the Obama administration Instead of financial detail about the companies and the labor rates they were stuck with from the UAW, the book was 90% interview notes of the author with company and union people This ran along the lines of so and so said this and then the other so and so responded thus and so Stories about the I was disappointed with this book because I was seeking some detailed analysis of the condition of GM and Chrysler when then finally went into bankruptcy under the control of the Obama administration Instead of financial detail about the companies and the labor rates they were stuck with from the UAW, the book was 90% interview notes of the author with company and union people This ran along the lines of so and so said this and then the other so and so responded thus and so Stories about the people and their personalities which were of zero interest to me Also, the subtitle of the book mentions the resurrection of the Big Three but the book has no actual coverage of anything that could be called resurrection The book ends with GM and Chrysler coming out of bankruptcy


  10. John John says:

    Subtitle well encapsulates what this book is about Going into the 21st Century Anerican automakers amounted to a dinosaur industry, making gas guzzling vehicles that few people wanted to buy Lots were full of cars and trucks and too many factories were cranking out evenHourly labor costs and associated benefits were high compared to Japanese transplants It s a fascinating story about transformation in management styles stodgy bureaucratic dysfunction to focused competitor GM , overwhe Subtitle well encapsulates what this book is about Going into the 21st Century Anerican automakers amounted to a dinosaur industry, making gas guzzling vehicles that few people wanted to buy Lots were full of cars and trucks and too many factories were cranking out evenHourly labor costs and associated benefits were high compared to Japanese transplants It s a fascinating story about transformation in management styles stodgy bureaucratic dysfunction to focused competitor GM , overwhelmed leadership to energized new culture Ford and confused direction to dynamic new partnership Chrysler


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