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Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation

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Titel: Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation
Autor/en: Charles K. Hyde

ISBN: 0814330916
EAN: 9780814330913
New.
Sprache: Englisch.
WAYNE ST UNIV PR

Februar 2003 - gebunden - 408 Seiten

The first comprehensive history of the Chrysler Corporation, this book is intended for readers interested in the history of automobiles and of American business, and for fans and critics of Chrysler's products. From the Chrysler Six of 1924, to the front-wheel-drive vehicles of the 70s and 80s, to the minivan, Chrysler boasts an impressive list of technological "firsts." But even though the company has catered well to a variety of consumers, it has come to the brink of financial ruin more than once in its seventy-five-year history. How Chrysler achieved monumental success and then managed colossal failure and sharp recovery is explained in Riding the Roller Coaster, a lively, unprecedented look at a major force in the American automobile industry since 1925. Charles Hyde tells the intriguing story behind Chrysler--its products, people, and performance over time--with particular focus on the company's management. He offers a lens through which the reader can view the U.S. auto industry from the perspective of the smallest of the automakers who, along with Ford and General Motors, make up the "Big Three." The book covers Walter P. Chrysler's life and automotive career before 1925, when he founded the Chrysler Corporation, and traces the company's history to 1998, when it merged with Daimler-Benz. Chrysler made a late entrance into the industry in 1925 when it emerged from Chalmers and Maxwell, and further grew when it absorbed Dodge Brothers and American Motors Corporation. The author follows this journey, explaining the company's leadership in automotive engineering, its styling successes and failures, its changing management, and its activities from auto racing to defense production toreal estate. Throughout, the colorful personalities of its leaders--including Chrysler himself and Lee lacocca--emerge as strong forces in the company's development, imparting a risk-taking mentality that gave the company its verve.
Charles K. Hyde is a professor of History at Wayne State University and author of many books, including The Northern Lights: Light-houses of the Upper Great Lakes (Wayne State University Press, 1995) and Historic Highway Bridges of Michigan (Wayne State University Press, 1993).

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