Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius by Vincent CurcioChrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius by Vincent Curcio

Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius

byVincent Curcio

Paperback | September 15, 2001

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Walter P. Chrysler was a man who loved machines, an accomplished mechanic who also had highly developed managerial skills derived from half a lifetime on the railroads, and whose success came from his deep understanding of engineering and his total commitment to the quality of his vehicles.Here, Vincent Curcio presents a richly detailed account of one of the most important men in American automotive history, based on full access to both Chrysler Corporation and Chrysler family historical records. Curcio traces Chrysler's rise from a locomotive wiper in a Kansas roundhouse to his rescue of the Maxwell-Chalmers car company, which led to the successful development of the 1924 Chrysler--the world's first modern car--and the formation of Chrysler Corporation in 1925. Chrysler was quite differentfrom the other auto giants--a colorful and expansive man deeply involved in the design of his cars, he established his headquarters in New York City and built the world's most famous art deco structure, the fabled Chrysler Building. Because of his emphasis on quality at popular prices, the companyweathered the Great Depression with flying colors and remained profitable right up to Chrysler's death in 1940. The definitive portrait, Chrysler is a must read for all car enthusiasts and for everyone interested in the story of a giant of industry.
Vincent Curcio, a veteran theatrical manager-producer, is the author of Suicide Blonde, a biography of Gloria Grahame. A long-time car enthusiast, he divides his time between Union City, New Jersey, Paris, and the White Barn Theatre in Westport, Connecticut.
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Title:Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive GeniusFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195147057

ISBN - 13:9780195147056

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"A definitive full-length biography of an exceptional leader who helped raise the American standard of living"-- Kirkus (starred review)