Ed Whitacre is credited with taking over the corporate reins at General Motors (GM) when the automotive manufacturer was on the brink of bankruptcy during 2009 and turned the company around in magnificent fashion. In this business memoir, the native Texan explores his unique management style, business acumen and patriotism.

It was President Obama who reached out to Ed Whitacre to come out of retirement and take over GM in 2009. A down-to-earth, no-nonsense Texas native with a distinctive Texas twang in his voice, Whitacre was reluctant to come out of retirement to work at GM.

But Whitacre is that rare CEO with great charisma and extraordinary management instincts. And when he got to Detroit, he started to whittle down the corporate bureaucracy right away - and got GM back on track in record time

Before being pulled out of retirement to run GM by Obama, Ed Whitacre had spent his entire corporate career in the telecom business, where he ultimately ended up running AT&T.

Editorial Reviews
  • A CEO memoir worth reading.-- The Economist
  • This straight-talking Texan and former CEO of two of America's best known corporations provides a candid, insider's view of how a committed business leader can make a difference. More importantly, his book offers a prescription for the kind of leadership that can turn America around and get the country moving again. --Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison 
  • Ed is a strong leader with intelligence, a big heart, common sense and without fear. He is also an exceptional human being-always concerned about people. His mind is clear with a long-term vision and mission. --Carlos Slim Helu, Industrialist and Philanthropist 
  • Among CEOs, Ed is one-of-a-kind. Not only did he successfully run AT&T and fix GM, but he is also a classic Texan -- complete with a straight-speaking manner and common touch that truly sets him apart. Here is his uniquely American story. Everyone who starts this book will finish it. -- Roger Altman, Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners; former Deputy Treasury Secretary
  • Very inspiring, down to earth leadership lessons and very consistent with our experience with Ed during his time at GM. He always respected our members and never blamed them for what he strongly viewed as poor management. --Bob King, UAW President
  • Publishers Weekly 10/15/2012 (EAN 9781455513017, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2012 (EAN 9781455513017, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 12/01/2012 pg. 92 (EAN 9781455513017, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2012 pg. 2812 (EAN 9781455513017, Hardcover)
  • Audio File 04/01/2013 pg. 52 (EAN 9781611134964, Compact Disc)
  • Library Journal 07/01/2013 pg. 46 (EAN 9781611134964, Compact Disc)
About the Author

Leslie Cauley is a telecom writer for "USA Today." She has been a business journalist for more than twenty years, spending nine years as a staff writer and editor for "The Wall Street Journal" in New York. Over the course of her career, Ms. Cauley has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times. She lives in Manhattan.

Ed Whitacre is the former chairman and CEO of two major American corporations: General Motors and AT&T. At GM he set a clear vision and mandate - "Design, Build and Sell the World's Best Vehicles" - that continues to this day. As the chief executive of AT&T, Whitacre applied a set of management principles and disciplined growth strategy that would turn the company, originally known as Southwestern Bell, into the largest telecom in the world.

Born and raised in Ennis, Texas, Whitacre attended Texas Tech, earning a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He began his career with the phone company in 1963, as a student engineer in Dallas. In 1990 he was named CEO, and he remained in that leadership position for 17 years. In 2009, the White House appointed him chairman of GM, and he became CEO later that year.

Whitacre is actively involved in a number of organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, the United Way and Texas Tech. He is a current or past member of several boards, including Exxon Mobil, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Anheuser-Busch. He is married to Linda Whitacre and they have two daughters, four grandchildren and a really great dog, Lucille.


Product Details

Author:  Leslie Cauley,
ISBN:  1455513016   
Publisher:  Business Plus
Publish Date:  February 05, 2013
Pages:  289 pages
Dimensions:   1.2" H x 9.2" L x 6.5" W (1.1 lbs) 

American Turnaround:Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA

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