Flying Blind

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What to expect

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Boeing’s story is the corporate scandal that’s transfixed the world like none since the bankruptcy of Enron and the BP oil spill.

In examining the history of the 737, a highly-regarded plane that Boeing’s new management degraded with cost-focused mandates, Flying Blind explores how Boeing skimped on testing in the race to match a competing plane from Airbus, outsourced software work to poorly paid graduates in India and convinced the US Federal Aviation Authority to put the MAX into service without requiring pilots to undergo simulator training.

Dramatically framed around the 737 MAX crashes, Flying Blind is the definitive exposé that for the first time tells the larger, decades-long story of how a corrupt corporate culture paved the way for the cataclysm.

© Peter Robison 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • Vividly written and meticulously researched, Flying Blind is a story everyone-every consumer, every citizen, every worker in every industry-needs to read. Peter Robison brilliantly places Boeing’s deadly downfall within the larger tragedy of an American business culture that gradually has smashed every altar but the one where the bottom line is worshipped.

    Diana B. Henriques, New York Times bestselling author of The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
  • Peter Robison’s compelling and richly reported Flying Blind is about so much more than the sad decline of Boeing and the tragic mistakes that led to the 737 Max disaster. It’s also the urgent story of how the almighty profit motive supplanted a culture of engineering excellence in boardrooms across America and the avoidable calamity that has impacted all of us as a result.

    Brad Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Amazon Unbound and The Everything Store
  • Peter Robison’s Flying Blind is the astoundingly well reported and beautifully told story of the downfall of what was once a great American company. Robison, who got to know Boeing in the late 1990s as a beat reporter, watched as the proud engineering culture was decimated by those who cared first and foremost about making money. The details are unique, but what makes this book a must-read is that the story’s theme has become all too common.

    Bethany McLean, New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Flying Blind is superb reporting in service of a riveting story. Robison has crafted this tour de force masterfully, showing how modern capitalism’s abandonment of quality in favour of quick bucks literally knocked airplanes out of the sky. As you turn each page in growing disbelief and anger, I guarantee it will keep you reading late into the night.

    Kurt Eichenwald, New York Times bestselling author of Conspiracy of Fools and The Informant
  • Flying Blind is a gripping narrative and required reading for anyone who wants to understand how one of America’s mightiest corporations veered so badly off course.

    Sheelah Kolhatkar, New Yorker staff writer and New York Times bestselling author of Black Edge
  • The most affecting parts of this book are Robinson’s portraits of those bereaved by the subsequent crashes, and their battle for accountability from a company that tried to pin the blame on foreign pilots’ incompetence. This is a compelling, deeply reported account, written in crisp, controlled anger. It is an indictment not just of one of America’s most celebrated companies, but of an entire era.

    Financial Times

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