Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors

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University of Michigan Press, Apr 15, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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"A fascinating book [and] a sympathetic look at the man who glued General Motors together and in the process made Flint one of the great industrial centers of America."
---Detroit Free Press



"It is refreshing to report that Billy Durant is one of the best researched books dealing with an automotive giant."
---Antique Automobile



"Billy Durant fills in a masterly way the only important void remaining concerning the work of the motorcar pioneers."
---Richard Crabb, author of Birth of a Giant: The Men and Incidents That Gave America the Motorcar



What explains Billy Durant's powerful influence on the auto industry during its early days? And why, given Durant's impact, has he been nearly forgotten for decades?



In search of answers to these questions, Lawrence Gustin interviewed Durant's widow, who provided a wealth of previously unpublished autobiographical notes, letters, and personal papers. Gustin also interviewed two of Durant's personal secretaries and others who had known and worked with the man who created General Motors. The result is the amazing account of the mastermind behind what would become, as the twentieth century progressed, the world's largest company.

 

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Contents

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7
Foreword
9
Prologue
14
One The Road Cart
17
Two King of the Carriage Makers
26
Three The Horseless Carriage Comes to Flint
49
Rags to Riches
67
Five I Must Have a Consolidation
97
Seven The Bankers Take Over
133
Eight Durants New Baby Chevrolet
145
Nine I Took General Motors Back from the Bankers Today
164
Ten Durants Rule and Another Collapse
181
Eleven A Last Empire Created and Lost
223
Epilogue
262
Chapter Notes and Bibliography
280
Index
292

Six Never Mind Were Still Running
111

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