Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn could be Ford's chairman and CEO today if Bill Ford had agreed to give up his chairman's title in 2006. Former Chrysler CEOs Bob Nardelli and Tom Lasorda tried to form a major alliance with Ford that would have eliminated thousands of jobs in southeast Michigan in 2008. Ford President of Americas Mark Fields nearly came to blows with former CFO Don LeClair in a secret office at Greenfield Village in Dearborn.

These are a few of the scenes painted by Detroit News auto industry writer Bryce Hoffman in his new book, "American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company," Crown Business, 2012.

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