Title and Description Page
Family Background and Situation 1
Parents emigrate separately from Lithuania, meet in Minnesota. Father's interest in accounting and law; it's influence. Family business.
Education and Early Career 3
Pre-law interests and law school career at University of Minnesota. Early law career. Work at Office of Price Administration designing WWII rationing system. Marriage. Acquaintance with Richard Nixon.
U.S. Department of Justice 8
Beginnings in Criminal Division, writing briefs. Supreme Court arguments. Screws Civil Rights case. Trial of the eleven Communists.
Early Dupont Career 14
Coming to DuPont after initial opposition. Being Jewish at DuPont. Relationship with Walter Carpenter. General Motors divestiture. Problem solving in industrial departments and career advancement. Relationships with Crawford Greenewalt and Charles McCoy. Ralph Nader investigation. Role of legal department within Dupont. Patent disputes with Ford Motors. Corfam decision.
Career as Dupont's CEO 24
Oil crisis and effects on business agenda. Changes in public perception of DuPont. Communication and management/personnel strategies. Roles of executive committee, decision making, commitment to research and development. Opportunities for women and ethnic minorities at DuPont. Foreign Competition. Ed Jefferson's role.
Views of Business Leadership 35
Views on relations among business, media, and government. Leadership of Business Roundtable, lobbying. Public attitudes toward the chemical industry. Industry, environmental issues, and public policy.
Retiring from DuPont 41
View of legacy. Clients at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom. Authorship of America's Third Revolution. Work as trustee of the Howard Hughes Institute. Views on management.