Publication Date: November 16, 2021
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A shocking behind-the-scenes look at the corporate dysfunction—the ruthless cost-cutting, toxic workplaces, and cutthroat management—that contributed to one of the worst tragedies in modern aviation.
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, and it remains a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, as well as a linchpin in the awesome routine of air travel. But in 2018 and 2019, two deadly crashes of the 737 MAX 8 took 346 lives. The crashes exposed a shocking pattern of malfeasance, leading to the biggest crisis in the company’s history—and what could end up being the costliest corporate scandal in history. How did things go so horribly wrong at Boeing?
Flying Blind is a 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 best the competition and reward top executives, Boeing skimped on testing, pressured employees to meet unrealistic deadlines, and convinced regulators to put the MAX into service without properly equipping the planes or their pilots for flight. And it examines how the planemaker, 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 a searing account of a business gone off course. Flying Blind is the tragic account of a once-iconic company that fell prey to a win-at-all-costs mentality, threatening an industry and endangering lives.
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