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Fins : Harley Earl, the rise of General Motors, and the glory days of Detroit / William Knoedelseder.

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Hagerstown Jefferson Twp PL - Hagerstown 629.2092 KNOE (Text) 39213000843924 Adult Nonfiction Available -
LaGrange Co PL - LaGrange Main Library B EA (Text) 30477101241853 Adult: Biography Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial 629.2 KNOEDELSEDER (Text) 33946003389124 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780062289070
  • ISBN: 0062289071
  • Physical Description: 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Pioneers -- Hollywood and Harley -- The competitors -- The Cadillac Kid -- Battleground Detroit -- Assembly lines to breadlines -- A man of style and "statue" -- "What will I tell Mr. Sloan?" -- Helping make Germany great again -- "I wouldn't buy that sonofabitch" -- Detroit's war -- The birth of fins -- Designing the future -- The great American sports car race -- The hot one -- Glory days -- Insurrection -- Not fade away.
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Chronicles the rise of the American auto industry through the life of Harley Earl, an innovator who introduced the art of automobile styling into the auto-making industry, revolutionizing the way cars were made and marketed.
"The bestselling author "turns to the American auto industry, chronicling its birth and rise to greatness through the remarkable lite of Harley Earl, the eccentric visionary who revolutionized the way cars were made, marketed, and even imagined. Harley Earl's story qualifies as a bona fide American family saga. It began in the Michigan pine forests in the years after the Civil War, traveled across the Great Plains on the wooden wheels of a covered wagon, and eventually settled in a dirt road village in California called Hollywood, where young Harley took the skills he learned working in his father's carriage shop and applied them to designing sleek, racy-looking automobile bodies for the fast crowd of the burgeoning silent movie business. As the 19205 roared with the sound of mass manufacturing, Harley returned to Michigan, where, at General Motors' invitation, he introduced art into the rigid mechanics of automaking. Over the next thirty years, Harley operated as a kind of combination Steve Jobs and Tom Ford of his time, redefining the form and function of the country's premier product. His impact was profound. When he retired as GM's vice president of styling in 1958, Detroit reigned as the manufacturing capital of the world, and General Motors ranked as the most successful company in the history of business. William Knoedelseder tells the story in ways both large and small, weaving the history of the automaker with the histories of Detroit and of the Earl family, and examining the effects of the automobile on America's economy, culture, and national psyche. As he did in Bitter Brew, Knoedelseder uncovers personal tragedies, corporate battles, and moments of sheer genius, providing rich portraits of this difficult and surprisingly canny genius and of the company--and country--he helped to shape."--Dust jacket.
Subject: Earl, Harley.
General Motors Corporation > History.
Automobile engineers > United States > Biography.
Automobile industry and trade > United States > History.
Detroit (Mich.) > Economic conditions.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Automobile Industry.
TRANSPORTATION / Automotive / History.
Genre: > Nonfiction.

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