Crash Course by Paul Ingrassia
The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster

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This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy. With unprecedented access, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia takes us from factory floors to small-town dealerships to Detroit’s boardrooms to the White House. Ingrassia answers the big questions: Was Detroit’s self-destruction inevitable? What were the key turning points? Why did Japanese automakers manage American workers better than the American companies themselves did? Complete with a new Afterword providing fresh insights into the continuing upheaval in the auto industry—the travails of Toyota, the revolving-door management and IPO at General Motors, the unexpected progress at Chrysler, and the Obama administration’s stake in Detroit’s recovery—Crash Course addresses a critical question: America bailed out GM, but who will bail out America?

About Paul Ingrassia

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Paul Ingrassia, formerly the Detroit bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal and later the president of Dow Jones Newswire, is the deputy editor-in-chief of Reuters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 (with Joseph B. White) for reporting on management crises at General Motors, he is the author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster.
Published December 15, 2009 by Random House. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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A delightful mix of history and first-person reporting, Ingrassia's narrative covers numerous historic episodes, including the United Auto Workers' storied Battle of the Overpass, the introduction of the Corvette and the Thunderbird, the birth of Volkswagen and the rise of Toyota, the Ford Pinto ...

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The New York Times

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The vehicle's unlikely popularity made it fitting that on December 7, 2008, Detroit's greatest hour of need, three gleaming white ones — a Chevrolet Tahoe, a Ford Escape, and a Dodge Aspen — were parked like sacred icons at the altar for a special service at the Greater Grace Temple Pentecostal C...

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The Wall Street Journal

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Mr. Ingrassia, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the auto industry for this newspaper, recounts the postwar glory days with fondness and respect, reminding us of how Detroit created America's muscular auto culture, complete with tailfins and Olds Rocket engines.

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Huntington News

On June 10, 2009, following the April 30 Chapter 11 bankruptcy declaration, the sale of most of Chrysler assets to "New Chrysler", formally known as Chrysler Group LLC was completed.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Along the way we meet Detroit's frustrated reformers and witness the wrenching decisions that Ford executives had to make to avoid GM's fate.

Informed by Ingrassia's twenty-five years of experience covering the auto industry for The Wall Street Journal, and showing an appreciati...

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Time Magazine

That's one of the fundamental questions Paul Ingrassia, a Pulitzer Prize--winning former Detroit bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, explores in his treatise on U.S. carmakers' rise, fall and hoped-for resurrection.

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