At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry

At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry

by Abe Aamidor, Ted Evanoff
     
 

The U.S. auto industry has struck a brick wall. Can it get back on the road to recovery? At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry argues that the Obama administration missed an historic opportunity in 2009 to launch a Manhattan Project-style effort to save not only Detroit, but invigorate the entire manufacturing base in Middle

Overview

The U.S. auto industry has struck a brick wall. Can it get back on the road to recovery? At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry argues that the Obama administration missed an historic opportunity in 2009 to launch a Manhattan Project-style effort to save not only Detroit, but invigorate the entire manufacturing base in Middle America.

Abe Aamidor and Ted Evanoff explain how Washington's intervention fell short and how it is holding back America economic recovery. The authors take a thoughtful look at the root causes behind the auto industry's crash, including disastrous labor contracts such as 1950's "Treaty of Detroit," which set the stage for crushing legacy costs; Wall Street's predatory financial practices ushered in under the Reagan administration; and a largely unregulated free trade regime that undermined the competitiveness of America manufacturing.

At The Crossroads tells the story of Detroits' collapse and a failed national industrial policy from the point of view of those most affected by it- the factory workers, small business owners, and mayors of small manufacturing towns like Kokomo, Marion, and Bedford in Indiana, the number two auto manufacturing state after Michigan and the number one manufacturing state overall based on a percentage of population. Washington could debate the pros and cons of a national industrial policy and an auto industry bailout ad nauseum, but it was the people in small towns in Middle America who would live or die by the policy decisions of their distant national leaders.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book is for those interested in a people-focused perspective of Detroit’s collapse. It will complement the deeper look into the turning points in U.S. auto industry history provided by Paul Ingrassia’s Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster."  —Library Journal

"This book is at once an American industrial history, financial assessment, cultural analysis, economic inspection, and global forecast. Evanoff and Aamidor's work deserves praise for its meticulous reporting and thorough research."  —Christian Science Monitor

Library Journal
Aamidor (Chuck Taylor, All Star) and Evanoff (former automotive writer, Detroit Free Press) team up to tell the story of unions, automakers, and the communities they affect. They explain the series of missteps that led to the recent taxpayer bailout of the Detroit automakers and how the results of the bailout reached far beyond Detroit, affecting the very future of Middle America. The small towns in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and other states serve in many ways as the U.S. manufacturing base; the authors tell the story of the U.S. car industry through the eyes of those most affected by national policy decisions—factory workers, small businesses, and local governments in these small towns. VERDICT This book is for those interested in a people-focused perspective of Detroit's collapse. It will complement the deeper look into the turning points in U.S. auto industry history provided by Paul Ingrassia's Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.—Elizabeth Nelson, UOP Lib., Des Plaines, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550229042
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.14(d)

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From the Publisher

"This book is for those interested in a people-focused perspective of Detroit’s collapse. It will complement the deeper look into the turning points in U.S. auto industry history provided by Paul Ingrassia’s Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster."  —Library Journal

"This book is at once an American industrial history, financial assessment, cultural analysis, economic inspection, and global forecast. Evanoff and Aamidor's work deserves praise for its meticulous reporting and thorough research."  —Christian Science Monitor

Meet the Author


Abe Aamidor is an award-winning journalist and a former reporter for the "St. Louis Globe-Democrat," "Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette," and the "Indianapolis Star" newspapers. He is the author of "Chuck Taylor, All Star" and "Shooting Star: The Rise and Fall of the British Motorcycle Industry" and is a former journalism professor at Southern Illinois University, Georgia Southern University, and Indiana University. He lives in Carmel, Indiana. Ted Evanoff is a newspaper reporter who has received more than two dozen reporting awards for writing about the automobile industry, manufacturing, and economic development. He is a former automotive writer at the "Detroit Free Press" and is currently the economics reporter for the "Indianapolis Star." He lives in Zionsville, Indiana.

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