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NEW YORK TIMES BUSINESS BEST SELLER • A suspensefulbehind-the-scenes look at the dysfunction that contributed to one of the worst tragedies in modern aviation: the 2018 and 2019 crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX. An “authoritative, gripping and finely detailed narrative that charts the decline of one of the great American companies” (New York Times Book Review), from the award-winning reporter for Bloomberg. Flying Blind By Peter Robison PDF
Boeing is a century-old titan of industry. It played a major role in the early days of commercial flight, World War II bombing missions, and moon landings. The planemaker remains a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, as well as a linchpin in the awesome routine of modern air travel. But in 2018 and 2019, two crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 killed 346 people. The crashes exposed a shocking pattern of malfeasance, leading to the biggest crisis in the company’s history—and one of the costliest corporate scandals ever.
How did things go so horribly wrong at Boeing?
Flying Blind By Peter Robison PDF is the definitive exposé of the disasters that transfixed the world. Drawing from exclusive interviews with current and former employees of Boeing and the FAA; industry executives and analysts; and family members of the victims, it reveals how a broken corporate culture paved the way for catastrophe. It shows how in the race to beat the competition and reward top executives, Boeing skimped on testing, pressured employees to meet unrealistic deadlines, and convinced regulators to put planes into service without properly equipping them or their pilots for flight. It examines how the company, once a treasured American innovator, became obsessed with the bottom line, putting shareholders over customers, employees, and communities.
By Bloomberg investigative journalist Peter Robison, who covered Boeing as a beat reporter during the company’s fateful merger with McDonnell Douglas in the late ‘90s, this is the story of a business gone wildly off course. At once riveting and disturbing, it shows how an iconic company fell prey to a win-at-all-costs mentality, threatening an industry and endangering countless lives.
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- Identification Number : B08P98854S
- Publisher : Doubleday (November 30, 2021)
- Publication date : November 30, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1425 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source International Standard Book Number : 0241455596
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,422 in Kindle Store
December 1, 2021
I have lived in the Seattle area for most of six decades, have long had a soft spot for what locals call “The Lazy B”, and I followed the Boeing 737 MAX disaster closely as it unfolded.
I think it is criminal that Boeing added the MCAS system AND didn’t require redundant sensors AND didn’t provide a “kill” switch AND didn’t inform its customers or their pilots about any of this.
So, I was looking forward to an objective exploration of the history of the Boeing 737 MAX program, with quotes from key company leaders and engineers on the design, development, deployment, and response to the tragic airplane crashes in 2018 and 2019.
Unfortunately, author Robison gets up on his Socialist Sandbox starting on page 7 (of the Kindle edition).
He blames the corporate leadership and malfeasance at Boeing not on the individuals involved, but on President Reagan, economist Milton Friedman, Wal*Mart, and capitalism in general. The New Deal, and The Great Society, and labor unions are good: capitalism and free markets are bad.
Robison’s claim that fifty years of “Reaganism” was the root cause of the Boeing 737 MAX catastrophe is ABSURD: many important and successful companies created great products and service for customers during those decades. Apple and Google created these powerful smart phones we all rely upon. provide vast selection for consumers while lowering prices and increasing shipping speeds. Microsoft helped create the personal computer era with Windows. Microsoft and have created The Cloud, allowing companies big (Netflix) and small to flourish without having to build server farms. Wal*Mart and Costco have innovated in “brick-and-mortar” retailing, lowering costs for groceries and staples (and some luxury goods) for hundreds of millions of Americans.
SpaceX and Blue Origin have lowered the cost and time to space — something no Government anywhere in the world has been able to achieve. Tesla has shown the way to a future of electronic automobiles. Uber and Lyft have made transportation less expensive, more convenient, and safer — many Americans no longer need to own an automobile.
And there are plenty of “old” companies that stuck to their values and continued to delight customers, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Pfizer, Exxon Mobil, Eli Lilly, Coca-Cola, Abbott Labs, Merck, and UPS (just to name a few of the largest market capitalization firms).
Here are a few excerpts from pages 7-9:
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“Once ruled by engineers who thumbed their noses at Wall Street, Boeing had reinvented itself into one of the most shareholder-friendly creatures of the market. It celebrated managers for cost cutting, co-opted regulators with heaps of money, and pressured suppliers with Walmart-style tactics.”
“Borrowing a page from another flawed idol, Jack Welch’s General Electric, they executed what today might be called the standard corporate playbook: anti-union, regulation-light, outsourcing-heavy.”
“What happened at Boeing reflects the same forces that have roiled corporate America since the Reagan revolution ushered in an era of imperial leaders like Welch, obsessively focused on stock market investors.”
“…a long shift away from the communitarian ideals that had dominated American politics, economy, and culture from the New Deal of the 1930s to the Great Society of the 1960s. That consensus was just starting to fray when Milton Friedman, the Reaganites’ favorite economist, argued what was then still the contrarian viewpoint in the New York Times Magazine in 1970: ‘The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.’”
“Fifty years later, communities are fragile, workers insecure, and families stressed. It isn’t hard to see the connection to a half century’s embrace of narrow corporate self-interest over collective responsibility.”
“…a pathogen of a different sort [SARS2] started sickening people at a market in Wuhan.”
” Just as the FAA had been eclipsed by regulators from other national and international bodies, the CDC was shown to be no longer the world’s gold standard in public health. It’s impossible to divorce these regulatory failings from the financial imperatives underlying them.”
“Flying Blind” would have been a much better book if the author put aside his obvious political biases and just reported the story like the journalist he is. Cover the timeline, explain the technical details, quote the folks he interviewed, and explain how the leaders of Boeing failed its customers, their passengers, the stockholders, the employees, and severly damaaged Boeing’s global reputation.
Only then would it be OK to step back and muse about the broader forcers that may have influenced the Boeing leadership. And Robison would have to explain why the leaders of so many large successful companies did not succumb to a similar spectacular failure.
Thank you for reading this far!
November 30, 2021
December 12, 2021
Like the way the O-ring failure that caused the Space Shuttle disaster which involved poor management decisions by NASA and its subcontractors was written up in newspapers and books. There were problems at NASA, but no political axes to grind.
A lot is riding on who runs a company and a change in Boeing’s corporate culture contributed significantly to the MAX disaster. Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman did not cause Boeing to make these mistakes.
The good news was that after the few pages and my realization that the book was political setup, I contacted and got a full refund.
December 1, 2021
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2021
This is a very important book. It describes, in detail, how Boeing went from being a widely respected aircraft manufacturer known for engineering excellence and attention to detail, to a company which sacrificed its excellence and reputation for the benefit of stockholders and senior managers. The story follows logically from the sub-prime crisis and the, almost, worldwide financial crash of recent memory. The same greed and disdain for ‘experts’ are there in spades. (I remember reading an aphorism coined by a Sunday newspaper columnist many years ago defining ‘managers’ as, “Those who seek to control what they do not understand.”. A bit cynical maybe, but I saw it reflected in every page of this book.
Flying Blind takes us back to the beginnings of Boeing, long, long before the 737 MAX tragedies. It reminds us of the glory days of Boeing before the rot slowly set in, aided by the almost total abandonment of responsibility for oversight by those in the relevant federal bodies.
Maybe something will change, but I won’t be holding my breath.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 13, 2021
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