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For seventy-seven consecutive years (1931-2008), General Motors led global vehicles sales. Changing consumer patterns, corporate mismanagement, and the recent recession not only ended that enviable street, but also forced GM into United States Bankruptcy Court. Chrysler, another American automotive giant, also seemed headed for the scrap heap: The corporation filed for Chapter 11 in early 2009. Only the guided, tough-choices intervention of the Obama administration saved both manufacturing giants from extinction. Former New York Times financial reporter Steven Rattner, the author of this book, was on the scene as a very active participant in the urgent takeover negotiations that may have ultimately saved more than a million jobs. Overhaul is his insider's account of do-or-die decision-making in the midst of economic freefall and political controversy.