The fall of General Electric from its pedestal as the preeminent U.S. corporation to a failed organization is the subject of a new book: Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric. Authors Ted Mann and Thomas Gryta will talk about their experiences uncovering the GE story in a virtual book talk.
The authors are accomplished at telling corporate tales: Ted Mann is a reporter in the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau, where he is part of a team covering business and government. He previously was with the WSJ corporate bureau in New York following a stint of covering transportation for the Greater New York section. Thomas Gryta is a reporter in New York for the Wall Street Journal, covering General Electric, and he previously covered the American telecommunications industry. He has been a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University and has held a variety of editing and reporting assignments.
Moderating the discussion will be financial journalist Felix Salmon. Salmon is the host of Slate’s Money Podcast and is the chief financial commentator for Axios.
“Possessing all the suspense of a true-crime account” (Publisher’s Weekly), Lights Out delineates in gripping detail how America’s top company has now been reduced to a cautionary tale for our time.
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