In the Name of Profit by N.Y., Doubleday, 1 Garden City

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Sink, chairing the meeting, paced slowly in front of a blackboard, puffing furiously on a pipe. ” What we were going to do, he said, was to “level” with LTV and tell them the “whole truth” about the A7D. ” “That’s right,” he replied. ” “There’s one thing I don’t quite understand,” I interjected. ” “Now, wait a minute,” he said angrily. “Let’s don’t go off half-cocked on this thing. It’s not a matter of lying. ” I dropped the matter at this point, and he began discussing the various discrepancies in the report.

All the time Lawson and I were working on the report, I felt, deep down, that somewhere, somehow, something would come along and the whole thing would blow over. But Russell Line had crushed that hope. The report was actually going to be issued. Intelligent, law-abiding officials of B. F. Goodrich, one of the oldest and most respected of American corporations, were actually going to deliver to a customer a product that was known to be defective and dangerous and which could very possibly cause death or serious injury.

A tall, lanky blond and a graduate of Purdue, Warren had come from the Chrysler Corporation seven years before and had become adept at aircraft brake design. The happy-go-lucky manner he usually maintained belied a temper which exploded whenever anyone ventured to offer any criticism of his work, no matter how small. On these occasions, Warren would turn red in the face, often throwing or slamming something and then stalking from the scene. As his coworkers learned the consequences of criticizing him, they did so less and less readily, and when he submitted his preliminary design for the A7D brake, it was accepted without question.

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