THE INSIDE STORY OF THE EPIC TURNAROUND OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CEO ALAN MULALLY.
BRYCE G. HOFFMAN is an award-winning journalist who has covered the auto industry, both in the United States and around the world, since 1998. He began cov-ering Ford Motor Company for the Detroit News in 2005. That beat gave him a front-row seat for many of the events chronicled in American Icon. Hoffman has been honored by the Society of American Business Edi-tors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and others for his coverage of Ford and is one of the world?s foremost authorities on the automaker. He lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
"A standout...brimming with smart observations and fresh insights
into Ford's success." -Alex Taylor, Fortune
"Fly-on-the-wall accounts of Mulally negotiating deals and Ford overcoming challenges from the inside and outside...A paean to the ingenuity, grit and optimism that once defined American industry and to capitalism played with government on the sidelines." -Reuters
"A compelling narrative that reads more like a thriller than a business book." -New York Times
"A must-read." -Huffington Post
"A fascinating read for anyone who follows the car industry." -Financial Times
"A Detroit News journalist's in-the-room account of the
resurrection of America's most storied car company...With colorful
anecdotes, sharp character sketches, telling details and a firm
understanding of the industry, Hoffman fleshes out every aspect of
this tale, reminding us of the hard work, tension, and high-stakes
drama that preceded the successful result." --Kirkus "Bryce Hoffman
has done a stellar job of capturing the Ford story--and more
to the point showing us how Mulally did it. American Icon is a
story of leadership that offers valuable lessons for organizations
of all sizes." --Lee Iacocca "Bryce G. Hoffman's American
Icon brilliantly recounts the Lazarus-like resurgence of the Ford
Motor Company under the bold and inspiring leadership of CEO Alan
Mulally. Hoffman, one of America's best auto industry reporters,
has written a timely book about the relevance of Ford that serves
as a larger metaphor for America at large. Highly recommend!"
--Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University, and
author of Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a
Century of Progress "Bryce Hoffman has written a riveting tome
based on deep insider information about the resurrection of the
Ford Motor Company from a near death experience and the
establishment of a business model that promises to be a prototype
for large organizations of all types. It features the
transformation from a top-down style of leadership to that of a
coach led by CEO Alan Mulally whose focus is the team, the team,
the team." --David E. Cole, chairman emeritus, Center for
Automotive Research "From the precipitous demise of an American
icon through decades of infighting and self-destructive management
to a turnaround not only financial but also in terms of forging the
foundation of a new, healthy culture, this book reads like an
un-put-downable novel. Bryce Hoffman's amazing inside access tells
the story of how Alan Mullally built on Henry Ford's own management
principles--which quickly got lost in the company--and created one
company, with one purpose and a passion for product and customers.
A great story." --Jeffrey Liker, professor, University of
Michigan, and author of The Toyota Way
"Amazing. I would give Alan Mulally twelve D's for his work at Ford, for Discipline, Data, Daring, Determination, Design, Direction, Decisiveness, Delivery, Doubt-Free, Debt Free, Downsizing, and of course, Dearborn. I thought I was disciplined until I read how Mulally worked. Bryce is a gifted writer, and American Icon is both educational and entertaining. Most telling of all--I learned from reading this book." --Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President, Walt Disney World Resort, and author of Creating Magic "After decades of stories about the failure of America's traditional industries to meet world competition, it is heartening to encounter a signal success. But Bryce Hoffman's rendering of how Alan Mulally reversed the fortunes of Ford Motor is more than heartening; it is riveting. Almost certainly one of the best business books of the year." --H. W. Brands, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of Traitor to His Class and The First American "This superbly reported book is not just about cars. It is an authoritative and inspiring account of leadership, management, corporate culture, and the prospects for American manufacturing." --John Taylor, author of Storming the Magic Kingdom
Hoffman (Detroit Free Press) presents an extensive case study (2006-11) of efforts to save Ford Motor Co. Fortunately, chair and CEO Bill Ford Jr. recognized his limited skills to revitalize his family's company and recruited Alan Mulally from Boeing as the new CEO. Arriving in Dearborn with a proven data-driven weekly mandatory business plan review, Mulally slowly transformed the corporate culture to one of genuine teamwork; simplified the product line, surpassing Toyota's quality; and returned the company to profitability. Pete Larkin's narration keeps the listener engaged in this epic organizational transformation. VERDICT This audiobook should be required listening by every business professional, especially those with goals to lead change within an existing organization. ["For those interested in the recent political interventions and maneuvers in the auto industry, this book provides a fly-on-the-wall view of the meetings and behind-the-scenes deal making necessary to revive an ailing giant. Recommended for readers interested in the auto industry and the current economy," read the review of the Wall Street Journal best-selling Crown Business hc, LJ 4/1/12.-Ed.]-M. Gail Preslar, formerly with Eastman Chemical Co. Business Lib., Kingsport, TN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When the government offered to bail out the big three Detroit automakers, Ford decided to go it alone and save the family business. Unpopular as it was at the time, the decision proved to be a win for the company, which turned things around and fostered astounding growth and success. Narrator Pete Larkin delivers an excellent performance that takes listeners on a tour of the crunch-time decisions that changed the company. Larkin's deep, steady, and confident delivery is well suited to this tale of corporate greed and business deals. His style, reminiscent of a classic newsman, easily hooks listeners-who will stick around to see how Ford managed the turnaround. A Crown Business hardcover. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.