Grand Delusions Author:Hillel Levin From the Jacket Flaps: — When in October 1982 the Flamboyant auto executive John DeLorean was arrested for possession of over sixteen million dollars' worth of cocaine, the world was aghast and fascinated. Seldom does real life furnish so bold and precipitous a personal downfall. Until then, his career had been the stuff of legend. Until now, no ... more »one has entirely understood the man behind the legend.
Few stars have shone more brightly than his: he was an "A" student who didn't have to crack a book, a brilliant engineer who single-handedly saved Pontiac, a visionary entrepreneur who shot to the top of GM and then left it behind, a reputed Hollywood swinger, and a charismatic millionaire who seemed to care about the little people who worked for him. But there was a darker side to the DeLorean story, a side that more and more clouded his life, until he was forced into what most people believe was a last desperate attempt to save the two-year-old factory in Northern Ireland and its startling gull-winged products. Like everything he did, DeLorean's fall was larger than life - but the reasons for it were at work just as powerfully in his ambitious rise as in his dramatic downfall.
From the scattered fragments of DeLorean's acts and dreams, investigative journalist Hillel Levin - who began to look closely at the truth behind the image a year before anyone else did - has pieced together a fascinating picture of the man behind his contemporary myth. From the beginning, DeLorean's flight was fueled by a remarkable talent for financial legerdemain and corporate intrigue. Through meticulous research and interviews with the players in DeLorean's inner circle, Levin tracks the court cases and the lawsuits that accompanied his ascent, disentangles his convoluted and bizarre business schemes, explores the labyrinth of holding companies and paper corporations that channeled huge sums of other people's money into his personal control, and reconstructs the saga of the gull-winged car that, until the last, DeLorean believed would rise, Phoenix-like, from the ashes.
Authoritatively researched from Detroit to Belfast, packed with new information, Grand Delusions is a riveting, uniquely American story, and a cautionary tale of genius misapplied in the service of a runaway ego.« less