Oct 7 2010
An Insider’s Account of the Obama
Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry
From the vantage point of Obama’s “car czar” comes the first real look inside Team Obama. Steven Rattner was at the helm of the historic auto-industry intervention, and here he crafts a tightly plotted narrative of political brinkmanship, corporate mismanagement, and personalities under pressure in a high-stakes clash between Washington and Detroit. He also explains the tough choices he and his team made, working against a ticking clock and facing vocal opposition from free-market champions, to keep Chrysler and General Motors in operation.
Late in 1959, the Brown siblings—Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed—were enjoying unprecedented international success, rivaled only by their longtime friend Elvis Presley. They had a bona fide megahit on their hands, which topped both the country and pop charts and gave rise to the polished sound of the multibillion dollar country music industry we know today. Rick Bass fictionalizes this band’s story as their celebrity struggled against the changing times, and fame began to fray the bonds of family.