It was brash, it was loud—the 1980s put paid to the glumness of the 1970s, and nowhere was that more obvious than in cars, which took a quantum leap in durability, performance, equipment, and style. They had to: Japanese quality and European design were luring away ever more customers. Features like fuel-injection, turbochargers, computer-controlled systems, and four-wheel drive became commonplace. This was also the decade that brought the people-carrier and the off-roader, new classes of car that radically reshaped family transport. Meanwhile, seatbelt-wearing became law, the M25 opened, speed cameras appeared, and ram-raiding was the new motoring nemesis. Relive everything car-related in Britain in the 1980s with Giles Chapman.
In Comeback, Pulitzer Prize-winners Paul Ingrassia and Joseph B. White take us to the boardrooms, the executive offices, and the shop floors of the auto business to reconstruct, in riveting detail, how America's premier industry stumbled, fell, and picked itself up again. The story begins in 1982, when Honda started building cars in Marysville, Ohio, and the entire U.S. car industry seemed to be on the brink of extinction. It ends just over a decade later, with a remarkable turn of the tables, as Japan's car industry falters and America's Big Three emerge as formidable global competitors. Comeback is a story propelled by larger-than-life characters -- Lee Iacocca, Henry Ford II, Don Petersen, Roger Smith, among many others -- and their greed, pride, and sheer refusal to face facts. But it is also a story full of dedicated, unlikely heroes who struggled to make the Big Three change before it was too late.
This contributed volume examines the far-reaching effects of the weakening of OPEC's cohesion and influence in the 1980s, the resulting decline of oil prices, and the accompanying economic reversals. These events resulted in both fortune and misfortune for oil users and producers and dramatically changed energy economics worldwide. Moreover, as revealed in this volume, the decade of the 1980s demonstrated that oil producers and oil importers can prosper in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, and moderation. The work examines major oil-related topics such as the experiences of OPEC and non-OPEC oil suppliers in the 1980s, adjustment and response of oil importers to changes in the oil market, the impact of oil price changes on both the developed and developing world, and possible future developments in the global oil market. This volume will be of interest to scholars of energy and international economics, as well as professionals in the area of energy development and markets.
Ever wish for something to challenge your thinking? How about a fresh application of looking at something? Well, The Daily Thought Shaker ® could be just what the doctor ordered. It is a collection of devotions that adhere to the truth of God’s Word with new twists at just about every turn. Whether you like to start out your day with a new thought about how God wants you to live, or if you prefer to end your day thinking about God, The Daily Thought Shaker® can help. Just flip through the pages and take a random sample of the titles: “Batteries Not Included” (April 29–30), “Hypothetical Grace” (June 26), “Are You Done Yet?” (March 17–18), “Are You Living by Faith or by Credit?” (May 22), “Who in Hell Knows Your Name?” (October 29), and “Customized Christianity” (July 15), just to name a few. The Daily Thought Shaker® will challenge your thinking in the application of Biblical truth in your daily life.
This book is about the life of a New England railroad man in the twentieth century, and his engagement in the turmoil of 1960s America, in particular union struggles and his participation in anti-war activism in the small towns of Franklin and Medway, Massachusetts. The author's autobiographical note is succinct: "Born in the worst of the depression. Grew up in Hyde Park, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Graduated from Hyde Park High in 1951. Thrown out of Boston Latin and left Technical High School voluntarily. Served in the Army like most people of that generation and railroaded for 45 years: Boston Terminal Co. New Haven Railroad, Penn Central and Conrail. "I came from three previous generations of railroaders. Enough is enough."
In 1947 John J. Riley at age 17 founded with a capitol of $250.00 a one-man piano business selling and restoring used pianos that lasted for 58 years. His story is of the piano industry. The people he met and who frequented his shop. They are interesting and poignant characters. Mr. Riley is among a rare and vanishing breed of people who loves their lives work. In the beginning of the book he quotes the Chinese philosopher Confucius "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." Mr. Riley did just that. His story is a rare insight into a small American piano industry. That has seen better days that is now in its twilight years. Mr. Riley spins his story in a real down to earth narrative reminiscing to a kinder and more gentle time of life. ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
This book is filled with vignettes about life as it was when our parents were young. It is about the merging of two families, the Wilkens and the Gelblums, and what it was like to grow up in their midst at the beginning of the last century. The book then traces Mom's life until her death in the year 2000. It is a compelling account of both the person and the times.