American Motors Corporation: The Rise And Fall Of America's Last Independent Automaker by Patrick R. FosterAmerican Motors Corporation: The Rise And Fall Of America's Last Independent Automaker by Patrick R. Foster

American Motors Corporation: The Rise And Fall Of America's Last Independent Automaker

byPatrick R. Foster

Hardcover | November 25, 2013

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In American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America''s Last Independent Automaker, author Patrick Foster provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of a once-thriving independent auto industry, putting up a valiant fight for nearly half a century before succumbing to the inexorable will of the corporate machine. Born from the ashes of Hudson and Nash, AMC represented a last, desperate attempt at survival for an independent automobile company. Thanks to the steady, capable leadership of George Romney, the company not only survived, but thrived, riding on the success of the firm''s small, economical cars like the Rambler. When competition arose from Ford, Plymouth, and Chevrolet and the market began to shift toward performance and luxury cars, AMC found itself poorly prepared to compete with its bigger rivals. With the fuel crisis of the 1970s, the small cars from AMC once again refilled corporate coffers, and the firm''s purchase of the Jeep brand also generated profits--but ultimately, it was too little, too late. Even a partnership with French automaker Renault and the introduction of all-wheel-drive cars couldn''t save AMC. In 1987, Chrysler Corporation purchased AMC and the story of the last independent automaker came to an end. This engaging book, from one of America''s best-known automotive writers, tells the entire AMC story from its inception to its ultimate demise.

One of America’s best-known automotive writers, Patrick R. Foster has spent over 30 years studying the automotive industry. The leading authority on AMC and its predecessors, Pat has written several books on that subject along with many others, including Jeep, Studebaker, Hudson, Kaiser-Frazer, and Metropolitan. His popular colum...
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Title:American Motors Corporation: The Rise And Fall Of America's Last Independent AutomakerFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:208 pages, 11.25 X 10 X 0.88 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 11.25 X 10 X 0.88 inPublished:November 25, 2013Publisher:MotorbooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0760344256

ISBN - 13:9780760344255

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"Foster may well be the world''s premier raconteur when it comes to telling and retelling the ultimately sad story of AMC. The bigger-than-life treatment of that saga as presented here is an impressive piece of publishing." – Hemmings Muscle Machines (137,000 circulation)