I'm Robert J. Dewar, author of A Savage Factory: An Eyewitness Account of the Auto Industry's Self-Destruction.
I grew up in the bituminous coal fields of Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After being discharged, I worked my way through Penn State. In 1968 I received a full academic scholarship to the University of Southern California where I earned my MBA. Prior to taking a job in the auto industry I held management positions at Avon Products and Procter and Gamble. When I went into the auto industry, I was shocked by the incompetent management, how people were treated, and the lack of quality standards in the manufacture of American vehicles. I firmly believed that at some future date the auto industry would simply collapse because of the way the industry was managed and the confrontational relations between the UAW and management. I decided to write A Savage Factory when Ford Motor Company was served with lawsuits over people being burned alive in rear end collisions, and people being killed and injured when automatic transmissions jumped out of "park" and into reverse.