I suppose that this persistent comment is intended to assure readers of the veracity and authenticity of his representations: what will happen if a Midwestern blizzard assaults a major metropolitan airport and how will that one plane land safely? Is it helpful that Hailey researched the ins and outs of a car dealership in order to convey clearly the decisions and management that a fictional dealership's owner would make to achieve sales and solvency in a given month? The white men in the novel are the innovators, the thinkers, the doers: their dalliances and the brilliance are, apparently, de rigueur.
One that even hardcore Arthur Hailey fans, if such a thing exists, have forgotten that he wrote. Flat, two-dimensional characters and so-so dialogue, but it seemed to make a sincere stab at capturing the zeitgeist of the American auto industry in the late 1960s/early 1970s. (They added the part.) When you consider the complete overhaul that the American car industry underwent in the 1970s, anyone with an ounce of perspicacity would have seen it coming.
Set in the 1960s, this book tells the intertwining stories of a number of people touched by the auto industry, including those employed by it at various levels, their families, car dealers and racers. Those of you that are avoiding this book because you feel it is just about cars and automobile industry and the corruption in it, well, this one will surprise you.
I would love to think the criminal element in the auto factories was NOT as pervasive, and that the black ex- cons were not as trapped into a life of crime...but I can imagine there wasn't much exaggeration... Though I have some doubts about an educated black female teacher being included as a "hostess" at an upper-level stag weekend for execs and politicians at that time in the U.S./Michigan.
Our vehicles are more fuel efficient and we now have people waiting in line for hybrids.
This was my first Arthur Hailey novel, one that was lying around the house when I was 15.
http://iandbooks.wordpress.com/ As usual by the author, Arthur Hailey, this book is a combination of perfect research, lots of details and a gripping story on automobile industry. There were so many of such interesting sub-plots in the book and all of these open your eyes about some aspect of social situation and industry.
My Hailey brings all of the characters to life in "WHEELS", many you will never forget.
After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a writer full-time during 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, Flight into Danger (in print as Runway Zero Eight ). A Canadian citizen whose children live in Canada and California, Hailey made his home in Lyford Cay, an exclusive residential resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas with his second wife Sheila.