All Corvettes Are Red Paperback – Jan 1 1998
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Washington Times Smartly written and extensively researched....Readers get to see a world few will ever know.
Joe Collins Booklist A TRUE LABOR OF LOVE....Chevy and Corvette lovers and especially sports-car enthusiasts will lap up this first-ever behind-the-scenes look at GM.
Paul Lienert Automobile Schefter traveled everywhere with the Corvette team....The result is an insider's account not just of the  Corvette's birth, but of the whole agonizing and often arcane product-development process at GM.
Ken Gross Automotive Industries That Schefter persisted with the story is as much a tribute to crack journalism as the latest 'Vette is to classic sports cars.
Kirkus Review [A] fly-on-the-wall peek at General Motors....Schefter is allowed to prowl around the hallways of GM, focusing on the design and launching of he 1977 Corvette....It's the attention to insider details that makes this account interesting for Corvette enthusiasts and pedestrians alike.
Publishers Weekly A candid look at the tortuous, crazy, unpredictable process of creating a car....Crammed with an abundance of technical and engineering detail, All Corvettes Are Red will engage auto enthusiasts....
Library Journal Schefter was granted unprecedented access....A revealing tale of intrigue and the inner workings of corporate America is the result.
About the Author
James Schefter's work has appeared in such publications as Time, Life, Popular Science, Paris Match, and Reader's Digest. He lives in Park City, Utah, and spent at least two weeks a month in Detroit since 1988, researching and writing this book.
Top Customer Reviews
This book could have been much more exciting and engrossing if it had been told from the standpoint of the people involved, rather than simply an empirical view of a car being built out of thin air.
"ACAR" is the story of the Fifth Generation of Chevrolet's Corvette, nicknamed C5. The author was given access to behind-the-scenes meetings during the entire development of the C5, albeit under gag orders until publication and until the C5 actually made production. In fact, James had access to parts of GM that some VP's couldn't even get to.
The book is a great read. The C5 was nearly cancelled on several occasions, mainly due to money problems with a struggling GM. You learn about GM culture, especially in management, that helped cause many of these problems. You learn a lot about what it takes anybody to create a new car. And you learn the dedication of a few engineers and managers who risked careers to keep the project going.
Often he mentions a name in the middle of a story then proceeds back in time ten years (or longer in some cases) to give you this person's life history. By the time you return to the story, you can't remember who, what, or where you left off from. I found this so annoying that I had to read the book in small sessions and, quite frankly, gave up on trying to understand the chronology of the events depicted.
On the flip side, if you're a Corvette lover like me, I don't think you will find a more accurate description of what happens behind the scenes in the design, engineering, and production of America's sports car.
The detail paid to the problems that came up was interesting and it's impressive to see all that goes on.
I think a better car book is "Car" by Mary Walton that discusses the '96 Taurus. Better written and less gushing (but then, how much gushing could be done for a Taurus anyway?).
Most recent customer reviews
All Corvettes are Red has to be one of the finest books ever written on the subject of what it takes to create a car. Read morePublished on May 20 2007 by Michael D. Nicola
Even though I don't own a C5 (yet) it was very interesting to see how the C5 was born from the C4 (which I own) and many of it's short commings were over come. Read morePublished on March 30 2003 by P******** R***
This is a great book. In depth, behind the scenes, look at how the C5 became America's greatest sports car. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2001 by Steve Teglovic
This book gives us an insight as to how to revive or restructure the flattered product or economy. It should be studied carefully to gain a vision of why C5 is so successful and... Read morePublished on July 6 1999
As an avid vette fan since my teens, I finished this book in less than a week (I usually take months to read a book cover to cover). Read morePublished on June 24 1999
Expecting a book about a car? Wrong. This one is about people reinventing a car and it's loaded with heroes, villains, and characters that you'll both respect and detest. Read morePublished on March 10 1999
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