Summary/Analysis Paper Instructions for Iacocca


Michigan History Spring 2004


Discussion/Quiz:  3/1

 Paper Due:  3/8


This paper should include your responses to the book Iacocca.  The chapters you should be reading are 1-4, 6-14, 16-20, and 24-28.  The paper should answer all of the Questions for Consideration.  Feel free to comment on other information from the book and I encourage you to make links to lecture and discussions, and any appropriate web pages.  Direct quotes must have quotation marks and the page number on which they appear should also be included (see instructions on the back of this page).  These papers must be typed, double-spaced, and well written (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.).  There is no page requirement, but it will probably take at least 1,000 words. 


The easiest way to organize this paper is to answer each question in its own paragraph or series of paragraphs.  If you would rather write an essay that incorporates some of the answers to the Questions for Consideration, that is fine.  The layout/organization of this paper is entirely up to you.


Questions for Consideration


1.     What was Iacocca’s family life while growing up? 

2.     Describe Iacocca’s rise to the top at Ford Motor Company.  How did he start out with the company?  How successful was he?  What was his greatest success?

3.     Describe Iacocca’s fight to obtain help from the government.  Why did he believe the government should help his company?  Why were others opposed?  Do you agree or disagree with the government’s decision to bail out Chrysler?  Explain.

4.     Describe three major criticisms Iacocca had of labor unions.  Do you agree/disagree with his arguments?  Explain.

5.     What was Iacocca’s program to form a basis for a new industrial policy as part of a plan to “make America great again?”  Do you agree with his plan?  Why/why not?

6.     What are some of the strengths/weaknesses of this book as a source to learn about the recent history of Michigan’s automobile industry?  (Here are some ideas:  What was the author's background?  Was the book believable/credible?  Why/why not?  How would you evaluate the author's writing style?  How was the book organized?).










Citation Format Style


1.     Underline or italicize the titles of books or ships.


2.     Spell out all numbers between zero and nine.


3.     Please do not place your name anywhere on your paper other than the title page.  I try to grade papers anonymously.


4.     Try to avoid over-use of quotations, but any quotation longer than four lines should be indented fives paces and single-spaced (rather than double-spaced).   If/when this is done, there is no need for quotation marks.


5.     Example of how a direct quote taken from the book you are assigned to read should be cited: 


“The Geneva Accords of 1954 reflected these influences” (41).


6.     Example of how to cite a direct quote taken from a book review or a source other than the assigned book: 


“The prose style of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s work Uncle Tom’s Cabin elicits an emotional response from readers” (Stevenson 1981, 52).


7.     If a source other than the book that is assigned is used, a list of references is required.  The reference page should be the last page of the paper and entries should be organized in alphabetical order according to author (not numbered).  Entries should also be single-spaced within the entry and double-spaced between each entry.


a)     Example for a book:


Cronon, William.  Changes in the Land.  New York:  Hill and Wang,



b)    Example for a journal article:


Jackson, Richard.  “Running Down the Up-Escalator.”  Australian

          Geographer 14 (May 1979):  175-184.


c)     Example for internet sources:


DiStefano, Vince. “Guidelines for Better Writing.”^vinced/home/better-writing.html.