Flying Blind: Boeing's Max Tragedy and the Lost Soul of an American Icon

Flying Blind: Boeing's Max Tragedy and the Lost Soul of an American Icon

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A fast-paced look at the corporate dysfunction--the ruthless cost-cutting, toxic workplaces, and cutthroat management--that contributed to one of the worst tragedies in modern aviation

Boeing is a century-old titan of American industry. The largest exporter in the US, it played a central role in the early days of commercial flight, World War II bombing missions, and moon landings. It remains a linchpin in the awesome routine of air travel today. But the two crashes of its 737 MAX 8, in 2018 and 2019, exposed a shocking pattern of malfeasance, leading to the biggest crisis in the company's history. How did things go so horribly wrong at Boeing?

Flying Blind is the definitive expos� of a corporate scandal that has transfixed the world. It reveals how a broken corporate culture paved the way for disaster, losses that were altogether avoidable. Drawing from aviation insiders, as well as exclusive interviews with senior Boeing staff, past and present, it shows how in its race to beat Airbus, Boeing skimped on testing, outsourced critical software to unreliable third-parties, and convinced regulators to put planes into service without properly equipping pilots to fly them. In the chill that it cast over its workplace, it offers a parable for a corporate America that puts the interests of shareholders over customers, employees, and communities.

This is a searing account of how a once-iconic company fell prey to a win-at-all-costs mentality, destabilizing an industry and needlessly sacrificing 350 lives.

Title:Flying Blind: Boeing's Max Tragedy and the Lost Soul of an American Icon
ISBN:9780385546492
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  • Matt

    “It was 6:20 a.m. when Lion Air 610 departed the runway. The nose gear had barely left the ground when [Captain Bhavye] Suneja’s control column began shaking, the cue for a potential stall. Two al...

  • Chris

    Flying Blind is gripping: a tale of Boeing's corporate greed and putting shareholder returns ahead of safety, and the wrenching story of the 737Max and two cataclysmic plane crashes. It is first-rate ...

  • Ben

    Not very insightful, I can't say I learned much, but the story of modern Boeing needs to be told. Robison doesn't dig too deeply, though, and some of his conclusions are rather questionable (e.g., bla...

  • James Costa

    As a frequent traveller this book fascinated me. I'm obsessed with planes and which ones I;m flying. I like the A380 and a 777 when it's done right. This book is truly. terrifying read. This book give...

  • Danielle | Dogmombookworm

    FLYING BLIND |Learning about the early years at Boeing that were defined by great innovation and competition, during a time period where it was understood that greater and better products would nudge ...

  • David Dayen

    Robison did yeoman work telling not just the story of an air disaster but the story of a corporate disaster, a once-proud company pushed into the hands of knaves and greedheads who set about destroyin...

  • Jonathan Mckay

    Flying Blinded by Indignation For the same reason my 16 month old loves to point out every plane in the sky, I’m fascinated by the aviation industry. Skunkworks was the first book I read, and afte...

  • Laurie

    My husband worked for Boeing before and after it merged with McDonnell Douglas, and he spoke frequently of the deterioration of the Boeing culture. This book validates everything he said--about safety...

  • Tina Hsu

    Primarily a history of Boeing and Boeing managers, which has been done before, I expected more insight and opinion on the MAX crashes. ...

  • Jon L

    I was really looking forward to this book, and I'm not sorry I read it, but I was a bit disappointed. The style is not the detached, pure history that I was hoping for. There's a lot of good informati...