Title ARROW THROUGH THE HEART: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CRAWFORD GORDON AND THE AVRO ARROW.
Publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto, 1998, first edition.
Seller ID 24238
216 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0075601028 B&w photographs. "The argument persists whether Crawford Gordon was one of the greatest industrialists and business minds this country has produced or whether he was just a canny political cowboy who herded the imagination of an entire country into his corral of schemes and moneymaking junkets. Unfortunately, Gordon was in many ways like the project of his life - the ill-fated, now almost legendary, Avro Arrow. Both rose quickly, promising great feats, and both met their ends quickly and tragically, much too soon for the rest of us to determine their true potential. Still, no one can deny that in his short life, Gordon's accomplishments were considerable. Whe n Crawford Gordon led A.V. Roe in the 1950s, it was the third largest company in Canada. And when he laid off almost 15,000 workers in February 1959 in response to the Diefenbaker government's decision to scrap the Arrow, this was an unprece d e n t e d and shocking move. Was this a calculated attention-getting maneuvre aimed at saving the Arrow program or a bitter vengeful shot at the Diefenbaker regime? To get a sense of the man behind the business (the author) delved into the publ ic a rc hi ve s a nd interviewed more than 30 people - family members, friends, and business colleagues. Written in co-operation with the Gordon family, Stewart was given access to Crawford Gordon's private papers and never-before published photos ." Mi nor wr ink li ng at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing, three tiny soft dints on spine, very small light scuff on rear hinge. Very Good+/Very Good+