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Grounded: Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines

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The inside account of how Frank Lorenzo took over a sputtering Airlines and flew it into the ground. With access to the major players -- the guarded Lorenzo and his inner circle, former Eastern Airlines president Frank Borman, Peter Ueberroth, and union boss Charlie Bryan -- author Aaron Bernstein explains how Lorenzo brought a corporate raider's mentality to running a bus ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Beard Books (first published 1990)
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George Anderson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
A detailed account of the step by step destruction of a major airline before the other majors in turn were gutted by varied economic pressures, internecine conflicts and questionable management/union skills and motives. if you wish to see where and how the decline started, this is the book. For those who think this narrative is dated, I would suggest that we are currently seeing a series of replays and should expect more frequent headlines of safety lapses and as John Golia, former NTSB Board Me ...more
David
Sep 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Horrible. Seems like the airline business would be very interesting. But this book seemed to pay more attention to where the judge and Lorenzo went to dinner then the customers/employees experience with a rapidly ailing airline.

I did learn how the two men (Lorenzo and the head of the machinist union) let their egos conquer common sense, and that was interesting, however.
Basia
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Poorly written, but the story itself was interesting. Worth a read for anyone interested in what happened to hasten the demise of Eastern Airlines. Interesting view of labor relations in the mid-80s.
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