While the background and context of the book is the current crisis in the American automobile industry, the focus is on Kokomo, home to three generations of autoworkers. This is the story of the union leaders, the salaried plant managers, the elected local officials as well as ordinary citizens of the town. In telling their story, the authors succinctly explain how the Detroit autombobile industry stumbled and how this affected millions of people in the US, Canada and Mexico. The populist narrative is ultimately an exhortation to save the stumbling industry.
Abe Aamidor is an award-winning journalist and a former reporter for the "St. Louis Globe-Democrat," "Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette," and the "Indianapolis Star" newspapers. He is the author of "Chuck Taylor, All Star" and "Shooting Star: The Rise and Fall of the British Motorcycle Industry" and is a former journalism professor at Southern Illinois University, Georgia Southern University, and Indiana University. He lives in Carmel, Indiana. Ted Evanoff is a newspaper reporter who has received more than two dozen reporting awards for writing about the automobile industry, manufacturing, and economic development. He is a former automotive writer at the "Detroit Free Press" and is currently the economics reporter for the "Indianapolis Star." He lives in Zionsville, Indiana.