Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic when I began to read this book but, that said, I was disappointed in what the book offers because I expected from Bob Lutz a more balanced analysis of his career in the automotive industry. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the subtitle. There are many warriors on many different battlefields and Lutz was indeed a formidable adversary but, that said, there is nothing in this book to suggest that his ultimate objective was to save "the soul of American business." Moreover, he offers little indication that others should share credit for the victories he cites nor does he share blame for defeats. The book is part memoir and part jeremiad. I think it would have been more interesting and more informative had he resisted the temptation to write "One Good Guy vs The Bad Guys Who Don't Get It."
With regard to my rating, I think the historical material (covering several decades) is worth at least two stars and I added another for Lutz's eyewitness (albeit subjective) opinions of what he experienced. I also think the last chapter, "If I Had Been CEO," is worth another star. Lutz immediately concedes that the chapter's material is "highly conjectural." Indeed it is. To a point I made earlier, there is no indication in this chapter that the soul of American business would have been saved had he been a CEO. However, would it have been sufficient had he ensured that GM, Chrysler, and Ford avoided the mistakes that caused so many problems for them? He was a senior-level executive at all three and presumably not a passive observer in the C-suite.