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Car Guys vs Bean Counters by Bob Lutz

Car Guys vs Bean Counters

Mixed into Lutz’s flow of blarney and half-baked pontificating is one of the most acute books about management and how companies work in practice that I have read in a long time. If anyone wants to know exactly how the US auto industry got into trouble, here is your guide. — Read the complete FT review


In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz’s philosophy. Lutz’s common sense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace.