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Not Invented Here

David I. Shapiro (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-0728-0 ©2001
Price: $20.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 462 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Historical


This is a work of fiction-based-on-fact. The author draws on his fifty plus years of experience in many aerospace companies. NIH tells the stories of the early history that has now been integrated into the two and a half aerospace giants listed on Wall Street.

This book is filled with political, technical, financial and management insights. The related episodes of romance bring realism to the main characters life experiences.

The lead character, Ben, and the rest of his “team”, are real, down-to-earth men, complete with family problems, a real-life lifestyle, and problems in the workplace. After completing his WWII duty as a Naval Aviator, Ben begins his aerospace industrial career. When the Moon Mission is ordained by President Kennedy, he becomes a major contributor to his company being awarded the program. He and his “team” work to streamline the management of divisions of a large aerospace corporation and together, they come up with many innovative projects for military aircraft, missiles, commercial air transports and management techniques.

Along with being a great read, these stories will give much insight to present day entrepreneurs and managers as to ways they can improve their own techniques.

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Customer Reviews

  Aerospace History From A Different Perspective , 03/26/2007
Reviewer: American Institute Of Aeronautics And Astronautics
"David Shapiro, an award-winning retired aerospace executive and 30 plus-year Associate Fellow of AIAA, recently published a novel entitled NIH - Not Invented Here. Among the projects and major programs depicted in the book is the "turn-around" of a major division of a multi-million dollar aerospace corporation. The massive firings covered by the turn-around was then a rare occurrence, unlike todays world of downsizing. NIH uses these experiences as the cornerstone in developing the cast of characters and telling entertaining stories about the little-known historical events behind many of our industry's past headline-commandeering space and weapon systems program initiatives.

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  You may know the "fictional" characters , 03/26/2007
Reviewer: W.F. Ryan JR.
Many aerospace novels and other media have have featured stories about the big recognizable names in aerospace. NIH reveals the engineering, mangement, and marketing people and their real-life situations that didn't make the news then, but now can be revealed. The series of entertaining roman a' clef (factual fiction) depicts some well-known aerospace programs that happened, and many that didn't reach fruition, with their unpublicized background. These stories may inspire those who may come up against the NIH syndrome to maneuver through the waters that the author has charted.

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  Read it and find out WHY , 03/26/2007
Reviewer: James Biever
Although NIH is awork of fact-based fiction, the release of President John F.Kennady's audiotapes has revealed interesting coincidences between the book's chapter on the Apollo (Moon Mission in NIH) program and fact. Other chapters concern international aircraft and missile sales arenas, while other vignettes impart insight into the complex forces that played out from WWII to the introduction of jet aircraft for air transport. In NIH Shapiro untagles why things happened, while enlivening and transferring knowledge, so that these lessons learned can be aplied by the reader to current cicumstances. For example, out of a field of over 20 aircraft companies after WWII, why are there now only two and a half? Shapiro reveals a lifelong interest in aircraft and was one of the nations yougest pilots. During WWII he became a naval aviator before entering the aircraft industry as a liasion enginer. NIH describes his rapid rise in the then bugeoning high-tech industry to management positions, where he learned the art of creating, structuring, and pitching forward cognitive programs to senior management.

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