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Wings of Power: Boeing and the Politics of Growth in the Northwest Hardcover – March 1, 2001


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; First edition. edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295980494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295980492
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,179,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. M. Sell is professor of journalism and political science at Highline College, Des Moines, Washington.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curtis B. Whatley on June 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Sell's book cuts through the fog of loyalty to green or greed parties and explains the paradox of growth with facts not fictions. Everyone has something to learn from this book. Sell makes both sides of the growth issue stand naked before the mirror and it isn't always pretty. "Wings of Power" is a well written and thoroughly researched book that, unlike most of this genre, is not devoid of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a balanced and even-handed look at an issue that is confronting communities all over the country: How to deal with the costs of growth without losing the benefits. A good read.
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This book has two subjects. First, it explains how, when, and why the company has considerable political power in Washington state politics. Second, the paradox of growth is examined. A highly desirable area will attract a large number of people - and then become less desirable. This is when the anti growth coalition becomes powerful.

In many ways the Boeing Company is very good for the area. All of its production goes out of the area - hence all the money that it spends locally on wages and supplies is pure gain for the area. Furthermore it pays well and employs 50,000 to 75,000 people in the area.

Yet, the anti growth forces can be just as powerful as the Boeing Company.
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By A Customer on October 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sell is admittedly an outsider, always studying Boeing from the periphery of a neutral journalist, or family member of one employed there, yet he manages to deftly describe the essence and culture of Boeing as a longtime employee would. He understands and conveys the conservative approach Boeing has always taken toward state governmental affairs, and presents Boeing as above reproach in these matters, a reputation Boeing has gone to great lengths to ensure. I appreciated the detail to which Sell went to explain the legislative aspects of growth in Washington state and Boeing's occasional collisions with it - a good read whether one is interested in the evolution of Boeing from Bill Boeing's hobby shop to the economic powerhouse it is today, or if one is interested in the impact of growth. Sell also slips in delightful, but subtle witticisms.
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