The Sack of Detroit: General Motors and the End of American Enterprise
March 8, 2022, 8:00–9:00 p.m. ET—Conversation with Kenneth Whyte, The Sack of Detroit
March 1, 2022, 8:00–9:00 p.m. ET—Member book club meeting
In the 1950s and 60s, the American auto industry was one of the strongest manufacturing sectors in the world. By 2009, many of these same automakers were asking for government bailouts. What caused such a reversal? In a provocative new book, The Sack of Detroit, journalist Kenneth Whyte argues that onerous car regulations and zeal for consumer protection precipitated the decline of the American automotive industry. Join acclaimed author Kenneth Whyte and fellow Adam Smith Society Young Leaders for a roundtable discussion on the history of American capitalism.
Kenneth Whyte is an internationally recognized journalist who currently serves as the publishing and telecommunications executive and chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation. His two previous books, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times and The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst, were both highly acclaimed for their depth and fresh perspective. Mr. Whyte is the founder of Sutherland House Books and is a senior fellow at Massey College.
Adam Smith Society Young Leaders and Professionals will a receive complimentary copy of The Sack of Detroit. Find out about our support levels here.
The Adam Smith Society Readers’ Roundtable is a virtual quarterly book club exclusively for Adam Smith Society Young Leaders and Professionals who want to dive deeper into some of today’s most insightful and influential books on free market ideas and public policy.