Tires, Trials, and Truth
Adam L. Penenberg's retelling of the Ford-Firestone debacle is both a gripping court-room drama and an insightful investigation.
This gripping account of the Ford-Firestone debacle has all the elements of a Hollywood legal thriller -- so it's no surprise that a film adaptation starring Michael Douglas is already in the works. The victim, Donna Bailey, is a single mother who became a quadriplegic after an SUV crash. Her lawyer, Tab Turner, is an affable crusader, equal parts Atticus Finch and Ralph Nader. Ford and Firestone, meanwhile, implausibly deny any responsibility until the bitter end. The little guy wins, of course: Bailey gets $27 million in legal settlements and forces Ford lawyers to visit her hospital bed and apologize.