How Detroit's Big Three Automakers Screwed Up

A lecture by Joseph B. White explains how the Detroit automakers arrived at the sad state they're in.

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By Michael Barone, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

This lecture by Joseph B. White, Detroit bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal from 1998 to 2007, is as good a short account of the Detroit automakers' woes as I have seen. Definitely worth reading. White is now a senior editor for the Journal in Washington. The Detroit bureau, by the way, once upon a time was one of the Journal's major incubators of talent. Norman Pearlstine and Seth Lipsky worked in the Detroit bureau on their way to the top echelons of journalism. I remember meeting Pearlstine in the early 1970s when I was a law clerk in Detroit (and writing the first edition of what became The Almanac of American Politics).

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