In his new book; An Interview on Body Parts, D.H.Myers, delving into the automotive industry, uncovers many of the myriad underlying factors contributing to the decline of the American worker. Accompanied by a wealth of photographic evidence, he examines the poor training and incompetence of workers, the uncaring ineptitude of their leaders, the apathy and complacency rampant throughout, not only the automotive industry, but also in most other American manufacturing.
With hard facts, presented on a fictional platform, this fast paced novel examines the automotive industry from the inside out, from the arrogance and indifference of high level executives, to corporate greed and corruption, to the widespread fraud practiced at every level and in every corner of the industry. And the loss of tens of billions of dollars each year by American auto makers, who are unwilling to improve their policies and procedures, which is ultimately passed on to the consumer in the form of artificially higher prices for the products they purchase every day. After all, they have to make it up some way, don’t they?
This controversial book also gives a vivid and definitive account of the role of labor unions in the downfall of both Chrysler and G.M., and their influence on the inflationary economic cycles of the 20th century, and to this day. This powerful and compelling work examines the behind-the-scenes forces shaping the union strategies of today. The endless vicious circles we all get caught up and trapped in. The political influence wielded by union leaders and the corruption being practiced at the highest levels of our own government. And how the U.A.W. managed to be the only real winner when the American taxpayers bailed out the auto industry. This enlightening and thought-provoking book illustrates the impact on all Americans of something very few of us even think twice about; the influence of NAFTA, the outsourcing of American jobs, the countless reasons why we can’t compete in the global market place, and the shameful abuse of the American consumer by corporate America everywhere.
And, after all is said and done, this book is a riveting indictment of all the individuals, from the workers on the line to the chairmen of the boards, involved in this whole sordid situation, and the incredibly expensive costs of human error. Written with instinctive intelligence and solidly grounded theory, with a little humor and philosophy thrown in for good measure, this book is an entertaining and unforgettable, must read, for those of us who may find it offensive to be abused by corporate America and the leaders we elect to protect us from them.
D.H. Myers was born in Tacoma, Washington in the early '50's, a navy brat of Scotch/Irish/English/Polish Ancestry. His parents split up when he was five, his mother doing her best to raise him and his two sisters, working two jobs to try and keep clothes on their backs and food on the table. She tried to set a proper example, to instill in her kids the ethics of working hard for whatever they wanted, and always doing their best, no matter what the job. Along with being encouraged to become an avid reader, these are the values that eventually had their desired effect, and helped him to achieve his goal to publish "An Interview on Body Parts".
Still, even though those lessons were not lost on D.H., at around the age of 10 he started down a dangerous road. He came of age in the turbulent 60's, a troubled youth, roaming the streets of Southern California, smoking, drinking, lying, stealing, skipping school, staying away from home, and hanging out in pool halls and bowling alleys. As you might expect, this sort of behavior at such a young age had his poor mother tied in knots. After trying everything else she finally gave up, had a judge arrest him, and send him to reform school for a year and a half. His time there had a very positive effect on D.H. As he puts it; "I came out of there an honest, upright, and straight shooting young man."
He enlisted in the US Army in 1971 and was what he describes as "The most expensive soldier that ever enlisted" because of the constant training he received for the first four years he was in. From "Operations and Intelligence" school, to earning his Jump Wings and Ranger Tab, D.H was constantly training.
Throughout most of his teenage years and adult life he was plagued by the various demons of substance abuse. Tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, and all the different hallucinogens of the 60's and 70's. But the one that he always went back to was alcohol. After a lifetime of alcohol abuse, which nearly cost him his life, his wife, his family, and his home, 2007 was the year that D.H. finally shook that last monkey off his back. He dried out, re-habbed, and has been straight and sober ever since.
It was after this re-birth that he started working in the Automotive Industry. He was put in charge of a failing parts warehouse and immediately went to work, identifying all the myriad reasons for why it was in such terrible shape. He saw waste, inefficiency, poor organization, lazy employees, and inept inventory management. He "... purged the accumulated mess, re-organized the inventory to be more user-friendly, instituted a system of dealing with all the major problems, and gradually tweaked all the smaller ones...".
"An Interview on Body Parts" is a dissecting look at rampant fraud, waste, inefficiency, indifference, and apathy in the auto industry, as seen through the eyes of D.H. Myers.read more