Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius
Walter P. Chrysler was a man who loved machines, an accomplished mechanic who also had highly developed managerial skills derived from half a lifetime on the railroads, and whose success came from his deep understanding of engineering and his total commitment to the quality of his vehicles. Here, Vincent Curcio presents a richly detailed account of one of the most important men in American automotive history, based on full access to both Chrysler Corporation and Chrysler family historical records.
Curcio traces Chrysler's rise from a locomotive wiper in a Kansas roundhouse to his rescue of the Maxwell-Chalmers car company, which led to the successful development of the 1924 Chrysler--the world's first modern car--and the formation of Chrysler Corporation in 1925. Chrysler was quite different from the other auto giants--a colorful and expansive man deeply involved in the design of his cars, he established his headquarters in New York City and built the world's most famous art deco structure, the fabled Chrysler Building. Because of his emphasis on quality at popular prices, the company weathered the Great Depression with flying colors and remained profitable right up to Chrysler's death in 1940.
The definitive portrait, Chrysler is a must read for all car enthusiasts and for everyone interested in the story of a giant of industry.
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This is a tiresome, long, unfocused book that lauds its subject with overly purple prose and winds on endless tangents. By its conclusion, I felt largely relief that it was finally done. While certainly exhaustive and full of information about the explosion of the American automobile, I never got a real sense or feel for the subject, other than that the author thought he was really great, just totally awesome. He painted a more compelling picture of Ford and William Durant in this book's pages than Chrysler himself. In fact, some of the best segments of the book hardly even mention Chrysler as the growth and development of the auto industry is explained. I say that they were "best" because they were educational, interesting, and not terribly written, but these same segments still filled me with irritation, because I was reading a book on CHRYSLER, for crying out loud. Get to the point! Upon finishing the 666-page volume, my primary emotion was relief that the ordeal was, at long last, over. Long as it was, the book felt far longer, due to the wide-ranging, inclusive nature of the information contained therein and the lack of real connection between chapters or a thematic thread to tie things together. I considered giving up many times, but after having slogged my way through the first couple hundred pages, I thought, well, the least I can do is finish it and give it a negative review. So. The only use I would recommend this book for (other than pressing leaves, a paperweight, kindling, et cetera) is if you're writing a paper on Chrysler -- and even then, you'll be much happier if you use the index extensively to cherrypick and skim your way through the book instead of actually submitting to the painful task of reading it.
Chrysler: the life and times of an automotive geniusUser Review - Book Verdict
Walter P. Chrysler (1875-1940) is the subject of this splendid new biography by Curcio (Suicide Blonde). Although he established the mighty Chrysler Corporation (now DaimlerChrysler), there was much more to Chrysler's life. From hardscrabble beginnings as a railroad machinist, he rose with hard work through the ranks to head a locomotive factory. When Chrysler was introduced to his first automobile, it was love at first sight, and he soon found his way to Detroit and the fledgling automobile industry. He personally supervised the design of the first Chrysler automobile in 1924, and its quick success led, in part, to the founding of the Chrysler Corporation the following year. Chrysler loved a challengeDwhether it was designing a new car, saving a company from bankruptcy, or creating a new building that would change the New York skyline. There were personal setbacks, especially during the Great Depression, but he persevered. While some of the anecdotes here seem irrelevant and a few of the design chronicles are at times longwinded, the book has been rigorously researched and reads well. Highly recommended for larger public libraries and transportation collections.DRichard Drezen, Washington Post News Research ...
The Land from Which Walter Chrysler Sprang
The Background of the Chrysler Family
Kansas the Plains Indians the Stage Coach and the Coming of the Railroad
The Birth of Walter Chrysler How Financial Corruption Built the Railroads What Texas Cattle Meant to Kansas
Ellis Kansas The Cradle of Walter Chryslers Life
Boyhood in Ellis
Going to Work at the Union Pacific Roundhouse
Working on the Railroad
Chrysler at Buick
Chrysler at Willys
Putting Together the First Chrysler Car
The Significance of the First Chrysler Car
Maxwell Becomes the Chrysler Corporation
Art and Color Take Over the Car Business
Chrysler Makes It the Big Three
The Chrysler Building
Getting Married and the First Big Break
Putting a Lid on It and the GoAhead Signal
Trinidad The First Major Responsibility
Childress Springboard to the Future
Oelwein Iowa Superintendent of Motive Power and the First Car
The First Manufacturing Job ALCO
THE AUTOMOBILE AND THE ASSEMBLY LINE
The Early History of the Automobile
The Development of Mass Production
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