Chrysler's Curve Master

The lad doodled. The lower eyelid of a headlamp. A fender. A door window. A trunk. And wheels. Sometimes a teardrop, a spacecraft. Cars. Even hiding out behind the back desk of the third row wasn't enough to keep the Flint, Michigan, fourth-grader out of trouble, until an art teacher stopped by and became Tom Gale's first serious customer.

Forty years later, the Michigan kid who liked to sketch concept cars on his Big Chief tablet suddenly finds himself the hottest automotive designer in America. As Chrysler's design chief he has been a major force in one of the most remarkable...

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