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5.0 out of 5 stars ACAR shows how close "Corvette" came to being extinct!
I will really keep this short: "if you are a car guy/girl, a banker, an ad-maker, an executive with any large company, an accountant, or just someone who likes to see how American industry "really works" and makes decisions...this book is a MUST." Put it this way, if you read BusinessWeek or Road & Track...you gotta read this great book...
Published on 26 Nov 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, but tiresome in others
This book is really good at depicting the in and out, day to day struggles that go along with making a car. It is also, however, at times nothing more than a breathless fluff piece for Corvette. It seems that every chapter has at least a paragraph describing the raw sex appeal of a Corvette. That's fine to a point, but it got tiresome by the end including chapters...
Published on 20 May 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars ACAR shows how close "Corvette" came to being extinct!, 26 Nov 1998
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I will really keep this short: "if you are a car guy/girl, a banker, an ad-maker, an executive with any large company, an accountant, or just someone who likes to see how American industry "really works" and makes decisions...this book is a MUST." Put it this way, if you read BusinessWeek or Road & Track...you gotta read this great book. Corvette was almost killed by GM for sound business reasons in the early 1990s. They brought over Dave Hill from Cadillac to run the re-birth project, and his standards of quality control and planning allowed the new Vette (the 1997-98 "c5") to rival Porsche and other exotic euro-cars. In fact, I keep a little photo of a red c5 on my desk at work to remind me of all the business lessons learned from Hill and his Corvette team. I am a major Fortune 500 banker with an MBA, but so many of the lessons I learned in the book made sense to me in a way MBA courses don't. For me, this is one of the best stories about saving an American icon. So many of them are being lost and we will soon lose (in 2001 or so) the Camaro/Firebird (f-bodies) according to industry insiders. Read "ACAR" and see how close the country came to losing its beloved Corvette. Enjoy it...even if you never buy a Vette. Personally, I'll buy the poor-man's Vette, the Camaro, which was also designed I learned in the book, by John Cafaro, the c5 designer. See you...on the road! (The story of the "All Corvettes Are Red" title is also priceless, but too long to tell here. Buy it and see!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare inside view of GM and the auto industry, 21 July 1998
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Being a two-time Corvette owner, I anxiously awaited the publication of this book, and had my copy on pre-order with a local bookstore. I had it read in under a week. I was not disappointed. Rather I was quite surprised.
"ACAR" is the story of the Fifth Generation of Chevrolet's Corvette, nicknamed C5. The author was given access to behind-the-scenes meetings during the entire development of the C5, albeit under gag orders until publication and until the C5 actually made production. In fact, James had access to parts of GM that some VP's couldn't even get to.
The book is a great read. The C5 was nearly cancelled on several occasions, mainly due to money problems with a struggling GM. You learn about GM culture, especially in management, that helped cause many of these problems. You learn a lot about what it takes anybody to create a new car. And you learn the dedication of a few engineers and managers who risked careers to keep the project going.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, but tiresome in others, 20 May 1999
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This book is really good at depicting the in and out, day to day struggles that go along with making a car. It is also, however, at times nothing more than a breathless fluff piece for Corvette. It seems that every chapter has at least a paragraph describing the raw sex appeal of a Corvette. That's fine to a point, but it got tiresome by the end including chapters devoted to Corvette lovers, their Corvette shows and museums (the chapters in this book are pretty short, though).
The detail paid to the problems that came up was interesting and it's impressive to see all that goes on.
I think a better car book is "Car" by Mary Walton that discusses the '96 Taurus. Better written and less gushing (but then, how much gushing could be done for a Taurus anyway?).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Made me buy a new Vette., 17 May 1999
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I found the 380 page book to be an enjoyably quick read. It's an 8 year historical account of the design and development of the C5 written in short chapters (about four pages each which I liked). People who are into the historical perspective, and can appreciate what it takes to create such a product, will get the most out of it.
Chronology is important when telling a story like this one. About 30 to 60% of the way through the book, Jim (and the publisher?) lost me. The sequence of events and which year the events took place were not clear during that part of the book, but this should not turn any one away from the book because the content was very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down., 10 Mar 1999
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Expecting a book about a car? Wrong. This one is about people reinventing a car and it's loaded with heroes, villains, and characters that you'll both respect and detest. It could be fiction, but it's all real.
"All Corvettes" was required reading for our marketing class and for the first time, we had a book that told it like is in the automotive world. Detroit and GM are obviously exciting, dirty, frustrating, wonderful places to work if you can stand the tension and have the guts to do your job right. The author made Corvette and GM come alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - Buy a C5 Today!!, 25 Jun 1999
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As an avid vette fan since my teens, I finished this book in less than a week (I usually take months to read a book cover to cover). The C5 vette is a significant leap forward for chevy and it is amazing the car got built (read the book for the details!). You two may want to run out and spend $45k on a new vette for your garage after reading this book. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an insightful book about the rebirth of the dying ca, 7 July 1999
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This book gives us an insight as to how to revive or restructure the flattered product or economy. It should be studied carefully to gain a vision of why C5 is so successful and extremely competitive against the rivals from Japan and/or Europe.
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