A Profile of GM: After Many Stumbles, the Fall of a Giant

It is a company that helped lift hundreds of thousands of American workers into the middle class. It transformed Detroit into the Silicon Valley of its day, a symbol of America’s talent for innovation. It built celebrated cars, like Cadillacs, that became synonymous with luxury.

And now it is filing for bankruptcy, something that would have been unfathomable even a few years ago, much less decades ago, when it was a dominant force in the American economy.

Rarely has a company fallen so far and so fast as General Motors. And while its bankruptcy appeared increasingly likely in recent weeks, the arrival of the moment is still a staggering blow, particularly for anyone with ties to the company.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--, The Possibility of a Bailout for the U.S. Auto Industry

3 comments on “A Profile of GM: After Many Stumbles, the Fall of a Giant

  1. Jeffersonian says:

    And wasn’t it just 40 years ago that JK Galbraith was lamenting that the Big 3 would soon be so dominant that they would be able to produce anything they wished and the American people would buy it?

  2. Chris says:

    and not less than a year ago did a GM bankruptcy seem impossible.

    and then came September 2008.

  3. Chris says:

    a good article here as well:
    I’ve been able to exchange pleasantries with Wagoner and find the anecdotes in this piece ring true. When he commissioned a house, he did not identify himself as the GM CEO to the architect…..