The Secrets of an Epoch

  • Giorgio Garuzzo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 85-99
  3. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 101-121
  4. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 123-159
  5. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 233-263
  6. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 265-293
  7. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 353-357
  8. Giorgio Garuzzo
    Pages 359-403
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 405-415

About this book


This book is an authentic historical document, supported by extensive analytical information, in which former Fiat top manager Giorgio Garuzzo passionately recounts his experience within Fiat between 1976 and 1996. It is a narrative from the inside that sheds new light on events that have remained cloaked in mystery: the arrival and departure of Carlo De Benedetti, the “march of the forty thousand”, the sacking of Vittorio Ghidella, the clashes between Umberto Agnelli and Cesare Romiti, the Group’s involvement in the “clean hands” scandal, the role of Gianni Agnelli and his relationships with his brother and Cesare Romiti and the intervention of Mediobanca. Garuzzo discusses the issues connected with the range of cars and marques, touching on major themes of national or international relevance that were unrelated to Fiat but nonetheless conditioned its activities: terrorism and the unmanageability of the factories, inflation, the devaluation of the lira, the role of the trade unions and the General Confederation of Italian Industry, Japanese competition and European integration.


Carlo De Benedetti Cesare Romiti Confindustria FIAT Fiat auto crisis Gianni Agnelli Giorgio Garuzzo Italian industry Vittorio Ghidella automotive industry history of FIAT industrial economics

Authors and affiliations

  • Giorgio Garuzzo
    • 1
  1. 1.TorinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04782-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04783-6
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