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American Motors: The Last Independent Hardcover – Jul 1993

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you like ramblers you'll love....... 2 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be one of those books I could not put down. The book is a good mixture of history, inside stories and pictures. Ooooh the pictures. You get to see the 57 Rambler mock-ups wearing both a Nash and Hudson badge. Lots of other exclusive photos also. Great history of AMC mangement. Unique look into the different approachs taken to run the company and the mistakes made by each person in charge. Each time a mistake was made AMC bounced back, but a little weaker. You'll find youself wishing the ending was different.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must read for the AMC enthusiast 8 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great addition to the AMC lover's library. Mr. Fosters book covers the entire history of the once-proud American Motors, and includes many good photos of the vehicles. The books focuses on AMC as a business, so lots of financial data is included. If you really want to understand the rise and fall of the proud independent American Motors, this the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good read for anyone interested in classic automobiles. 22 Feb. 1999
By Jonathan D. H. Parshall (jdp1981@netscape.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
At classic auto shows today, you can see lots of old Chevys, Fords, and Chryslers. But it's hard to find any examples of independent automotive manufacturing. Not many people seem to care about Packard, Studebaker, Hudson, Nash, and, of course, American Motors or AMC. They seem to seen as junk, not worth the steel they're made of. Patrick R. Foster in "American Motors : The Last Independent" does a wonderful job of informing the public of what effort and talent went into creating these fine cars that were a good portion of time as good, if not better, as anything the Big Three put out. You learn that AMC's demise wasn't sudden, but gradual, starting in the early 1960's. There are detailed facts about the cars that were shipped out of the Kenosha, Wisconson factory. "American Motors : The Last Independent" is all in all a good read. One of the few things it lacks is an index which I miss dearly. Even though, I would recommend it to my friends.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great historical/business perspective with lots of pictures. 26 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I ordered for my Dad who owned "Ramblers" from the fifties through the late seventies. We thoroughly enjoyed the written history and the many pictures- which included many of our family cars ! Since my Dad was an AMC fan, its no surprise that my first car was also a Rambler (1965 American).
An added bonus is the business perspective brought out by the author. Having just completed my MBA, I especially enjoyed that perspective- which I was totally unaware of while growing up- (AMC would have been a great case study in my MBA program!).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Exellent take on the American Automotive Industry 25 Jan. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
This is an exellent look at a mis-understood and underappreciated company. American Motors IS still with us today, under another name, yet the influence IS here. Just research the origin of the Chrysler "LH" for example. And just what is the "AM" of AMGeneral Hummer? Thanks so much to Patrick Foster for telling this wonderful story. There's still more to be told, though. How about "The Last Independent II"? The financial world of capitalism worked against this tiny company (the disasterous lakefront body plant in Wisconsin, the crushing tax burden of the Kenosha plant during the 1980's, and the "conspiracy" to make the Pacer a failure) are just a few of the hidden factors that are yet to be told. For, me "The Last Independent" is the best AMC history yet!
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