Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors
University of Michigan Press, Apr 15, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
Praise for the first edition:
"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."
"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search of answers to these questions, Lawrence Gustin interviewed Durant's widow, who provided a wealth of previously unpublished autobiographical notes, letters, and personal papers.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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One The Road Cart
Two King of the Carriage Makers
Three The Horseless Carriage Comes to Flint
Rags to Riches
Five I Must Have a Consolidation
Seven The Bankers Take Over
Eight Durants New Baby Chevrolet
Nine I Took General Motors Back from the Bankers Today
Ten Durants Rule and Another Collapse
Eleven A Last Empire Created and Lost
Chapter Notes and Bibliography
Six Never Mind Were Still Running
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