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The Deal Maker - How William C. Durant Made General Motors

Axel Madsen

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Author of fourteen biographies, Axel Madsen chronicles the people who shaped the 20th century. In The Deal Maker, he sheds light on a man whose tireless optimism led to the formation of the first super-corporation. A charismatic salesman in the late 19th century, William Durant started a cart-building business after accepting an especially comfortable ride one day. By the time he turned forty, he was a millionaire wondering what to do with the rest of his life. When he was approached by retired plumber David Buick and a group of friends from his hometown of Flint, Michigan, Durant had only ridden in an automobile twice. His ensuing creation of General Motors essentially invented modern-day corporate America, gaining and losing him three fortunes in the process. Durant's story highlights the uneasy relationship between inventors and those who control the capital to exploit those inventions. Nelson Runger's narration takes listeners to a time when men like Durant, Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, and Pierre du Pont were making decisions that would shape America's future.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nelson Runger

Length:

9h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

18:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

13:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:45


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

34:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

25:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

35:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

30:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

44:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:13