To me, reading that GM could or would fail had something of the fascination that the sinking of the HMS Titanic still has for modern audiences. This great, glamorous entity, almost inexplicably, has slipped beneath the waves. Writing this book has been an attempt to remember all I knew of Michigan and the height and lights of the Titanic.
Clemson, SC (Vocus) June 10, 2010
Who would have thought that worldwide greatness, success, fame, and prosperity would come spiraling down the path of bankruptcy and hit rock bottom? That was the fate of General Motors Corporation. Author Richard A. Underwood, who worked with GM management fifty years ago, shares the rise and fall of General Motors in his newly released book, My Years With General Motors and Other Stories.
Once this country’s largest and most successful corporation, General Motors has now fallen into bankruptcy. Back in the 1950s, during its heyday, the author and his family knew and worked with some of General Motors’ top executives. He worked at GM Central Office and at Chevrolet Central Office in Detroit, Michigan. The author combines his inside observer’s view of its rise and historic fall, with a brief memoir of his life both before and after working at the corporation.
“To me, reading that GM could or would fail had something of the fascination that the sinking of the HMS Titanic still has for modern audiences. This great, glamorous entity, almost inexplicably, has slipped beneath the waves. Writing this book has been an attempt to remember all I knew of Michigan and the height and lights of the Titanic.”
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About the Author
Following his graduation from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and service in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Germany, Richard A. Underwood worked for five years at General Motors Corporation. After his novel was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1963, Underwood and his wife lived in Europe.
He returned to the University of Michigan for his doctorate in English literature and began university teaching in South Carolina in 1970. His noted Shakespeare scholarship resulted in three books published. Underwood was also a professional jazz piano musician. He lives with his wife of forty-seven years on a lake in South Carolina. Both are retired from long university careers.
My Years With General Motors and Other Stories * by Richard A. Underwood
Publication Date: June 7, 2010
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