Autobiographies by powerful auto executives aren't famous for clear-eyed objectivity. Think of Lee Iacocca's books and John DeLorean's On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors.
But Ignacio Lopez's account of the four years of turmoil between Volkswagen and GM sets a new standard for one-sidedness.
Lopez portrays himself as faultless and blameless. His troubles, he writes, were caused entirely by GM executives Lou Hughes and David Herman, though he doesn't have the courage to name either.
With his pseudo-mystic approach to business and life, Lopez dismisses his chief GM accusers as evil-doers. He says they were jealous of his success and out to thwart his righteous mission to set up a car plant in his Basque hometown.
Hughes and Herman do in fact seem obsessed with the Lopez case. They are outraged by crimes that they allege Lopez and his men committed. German prosecutors have made the same allegations.
Ignacio Lopez was an effective cost-cutter and manufacturing organizer. He was also a charismatic leader. But he is no historian.