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The Resource A ghost's memoir : the making of Alfred P. Sloan's "My years with General Motors", John McDonald

A ghost's memoir : the making of Alfred P. Sloan's "My years with General Motors", John McDonald

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A ghost's memoir : the making of Alfred P. Sloan's "My years with General Motors"
Title
A ghost's memoir
Title remainder
the making of Alfred P. Sloan's "My years with General Motors"
Statement of responsibility
John McDonald
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The ghostwriter of Alfred Sloan's best-selling memoir tells his own story, including General Motors's attempts to block the book's publication and the author's eventual triumph over the corporation. Published in 1964, my years with General Motors was in immediate best-seller and today is considered one of the few classic books on management. The book is the ghostwritten memoir of Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. (1875-1966), whose business and management strategies enabled General Motors to overtake Ford as the dominant American automobile manufacturer in the 1920's and 1930's. What has been largely unknown until now is the my years with General Motors was almost not published. Although it was written with the permission of General Motors-and slated for publication in October 1959-at the last minute General Motors tried to suppress the book out of fears that some of the material in it could become evidence in an antitrust action against the company. This book, by John McDonald, Sloan's ghostwriter, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the book's writing, its attempted suppression, and the lawsuit that eventually led to its publication. McDonald's narrative is partly the David-and -Goliath story of a lone journalist taking on the world's then-largest corporation and partly a study of strategy in its own right. McDonald's struggle to publish the book led him to navigate a complicated course among th competing interests of General Motors, Fortune magazine (his employer), and Time, Inc. (Fortune's owner.) In many ways this "book about the book" parallels the Sloan book as a tale of successful, brilliantly planned strategy
  • "Published in 1964, My Years with General Motors was an immediate best-seller and today is considered one of the few classic books on management. The book is the ghostwritten memoir of Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. (1875-1966), whose business and management strategies enabled General Motors to overtake Ford as the dominant American automobile manufacturer in the 1920s and 1930s." "What has been largely unknown until now is that My Years with General Motors was almost not published. Although it was written with the permission of General Motors - and slated for publication in October 1959 - at the last minute General Motors tried to suppress the book out of fears that some of the material in it could become evidence in an antitrust action against the company. This book, by John McDonald, Sloan's ghostwriter, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the book's writing, its attempted suppression, and the lawsuit that eventually led to its publication. McDonald's narrative is partly the David-and-Goliath story of a lone journalist taking on the world's then-largest corporation and partly a study of strategy in its own right. McDonald's struggle to publish the book led him to navigate a complicated course among the competing interests of General Motors, Fortune magazine (his employer), and Time, Inc. (Fortune's owner). In many ways this book about the book parallels the Sloan book as a tale of successful, brilliantly planned strategy."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McDonald, John
Dewey number
338.7/6292/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9710.U54
LC item number
G47467 2002
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Industrial management
  • Automobile industry and trade
  • Sloan, Alfred P.
  • General Motors Corporation
Label
A ghost's memoir : the making of Alfred P. Sloan's "My years with General Motors", John McDonald
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Foreword: who was John McDonald? -- I. The making of My years with General Motors -- II. Suppression -- III. Publication -- Epilogue -- Index
Control code
48123394
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780262134101
Isbn Type
(hc. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001052195
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
A ghost's memoir : the making of Alfred P. Sloan's "My years with General Motors", John McDonald
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Acknowledgments -- Foreword: who was John McDonald? -- I. The making of My years with General Motors -- II. Suppression -- III. Publication -- Epilogue -- Index
Control code
48123394
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xvii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780262134101
Isbn Type
(hc. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001052195
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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