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Flying Blind
Flying Blind: The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing | Peter Robison
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From the award-winning reporter for Bloomberg, a suspenseful behind-the-scenes look at the dysfunction and mismanagement that contributed to one of the worst tragedies in modern aviation: the 2018 and 2019 crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX. Boeing is a century-old titan of industry. It played a major role in the early days of commercial flight, World War II bombing missions, and moon landings. The planemaker remains a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, as well as a linchpin in the awesome routine of modern air travel. But in 2018 and 2019, two crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 killed 346 people. The crashes exposed a shocking pattern of malfeasance, leading to the biggest crisis in the companys historyand one of the costliest corporate scandals ever. How did things go so horribly wrong at Boeing? Flying Blind is the definitive expos of the disasters that transfixed the world. Drawing from exclusive interviews with current and former employees of Boeing and the FAA; industry executives and analysts; and family members of the victims, it reveals how a broken corporate culture paved the way for catastrophe. It shows how in the race to beat the competition and reward top executives, Boeing skimped on testing, pressured employees to meet unrealistic deadlines, and convinced regulators to put planes into service without properly equipping them or their pilots for flight. It examines how the company, once a treasured American innovator, became obsessed with the bottom line, putting shareholders over customers, employees, and communities. By Bloomberg investigative journalist Peter Robison, who covered Boeing as a beat reporter during the companys fateful merger with McDonnell Douglas in the late 90s, this is the story of a business gone wildly off course. At once riveting and disturbing, it shows how an iconic company fell prey to a win-at-all-costs mentality, threatening an industry and endangering countless lives.
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rabbitprincess
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I was so angry reading this book. There was a lot of out-loud swearing at how Boeing allowed itself to drift from quality, safety, and excellence simply to fuel shareholder profits. Not sure how closely it parallels the Netflix documentary Downfall, but probably worth a read if you watched that. Also recommended if you read Moira Johnston‘s book The Last Nine Minutes, or books about the culture at NASA in the era of Challenger.

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Amiable
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A deep dive into the dysfunctional corporate culture that led to the crashes of several Boeing 737 MAX airplanes a few years ago. Selected for this prompt because it demonstrates that just because a group of smarty-pants rocket scientists are involved it doesn‘t guarantee intelligent decisions will be made.

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Prompt: I‘m a Brain

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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Interesting and infuriating profile of Boeing and it‘s history leading to the 737 Max crashes a couple of years ago.

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ChrisBohjalian
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Bedtime reading: thank you, Peter Robison and @DoubledayBooks .

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ChrisBohjalian
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Jesse and I bid you good night…and good morning. Happy reading.

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