By Bill Vlasic
(William Morrow, $27)
New York Times Detroit bureau chief Bill Vlasic’s strong, fly-on-the-wall account of the recent dire days of Detroit’s automotive industry is an eye-opener. Beginning with the financial chaos and inept management plaguing the Big Three at the time of the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Vlasic chronicles the downfall — and rebirth — of one of America’s most important industries, detailing Rick Wagoner’s missteps in the GM boardroom, how a distressed Bill Ford recruited CEO Alan Mulally from Boeing and what really went on behind the scenes at DaimlerChrysler.
“When she woke, she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declarative red of a stop sign.”
When She Woke
By Hillary Jordan