Car Guys vs. Bean Counters by Bob Lutz
The Battle for the Soul of American Business

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5 Critic Reviews

...that's where the book falls short - literally. He doesn't have enough room to tell a proper history about GM and its long slide into the financial abyss.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that's starting to turn General Motors around.

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Bob Lutz

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BOB LUTZ held senior leadership positions at GM, Ford, Chrysler, and BMW over the course of an unparalleled forty-seven-year career, culminating in his vice chairmanship of General Motors from 2001 to 2010. He is the bestselling author of Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Made Chrysler the World's Hottest Car Company.
 
Published June 9, 2011 by Portfolio. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 20 2011

A former top GM executive and avowed gearhead warns against the advance of soulless number-crunchers clueless about the hands-on details of the car business...Well worth the ride—if not necessarily the car.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
on Jul 18 2011

...that's where the book falls short - literally. He doesn't have enough room to tell a proper history about GM and its long slide into the financial abyss.

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Business Week

Above average
on Jul 07 2011

Lutz the writer, like Lutz the executive, remains a master salesman, and what he sells best in Car Guys is nostalgia for a bygone Detroit.

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Montreal Gazette

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Reviewed by Greg Williams on Apr 23 2012

Lutz does a good job chronicling his tenure at GM and his attempt to reinvigorate the North American auto industry.

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Lutz's common-sense lessons, combined with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes, will inspire readers in any industry.

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