Twelve Years of Turbulence: The Inside Story of American Airlines' Battle for Survival by Gary Kennedy and Terry Maxon Launches February 6th

Former American General Counsel Kennedy Recounts What Happened at American Airlines

Dallas, TX, February 03, 2018 --( Twelve Years of Turbulence: The Inside Story of American Airlines’ Battle for Survival (ISBN 978-1682614884, Savio Republic, 2018) by Gary Kennedy and Terry Maxon is being released on February 6, 2018. The book recounts the challenges and crises American faced during the years following the tragic attacks of 9/11 during which American Airlines lost billions as it struggled to avoid bankruptcy. The company finally had to file for bankruptcy, but merged with US Airways and concluded one of the most successful bankruptcies in US history. Kennedy, who served as American Airlines General Counsel during the crisis, and Maxon, a former award-winning reporter with the Dallas Morning News covering aviation, piece together a book that reads more like a mystery novel than a typical business book. The book is available in both hardcover and Kindle editions. Kennedy and Maxon will be doing a book signing on February 6th at the Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Park, 7700 W Northwest Hwy, Ste 300, Dallas, Texas 75225 at 7PM CT as part of the book launch.

“This book is filled with stories about success; it’s filled with stories about failure; it’s filled with stories about great drama and great passion,” said Gary Kennedy, co-author of Twelve Years of Turbulence. “It tells how American marched forward despite the adversity, including a difficult path through bankruptcy.”

“American Airlines filing bankruptcy was the biggest story of my career,” said Terry Maxon, co-author of Twelve Years of Turbulence. “When Gary asked me to join him in writing this book, I signed on at once as this was a story that had to be told.”

Twelve Years of Turbulence reveals extraordinary details from closed-door corporate board meetings, internal discussions with executives, confidential legal strategy meetings and secret – and many times contentious – negotiations between American officials, its labor unions, American’s creditors, and executives with US Airways. This book gives the reader an inside seat to one of the biggest airline stories in recent memory.

About the Authors
Gary Kennedy is the former senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of American Airlines. He joined the airline in 1984 and served in a variety of capacities for 30 years. Kennedy was named general counsel in January 2003, at a time when the airline was struggling to recover from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For the next 10 years, he helped lead the airline through some of the darkest days in the history of the company. After retiring in 2014, Kennedy joined two corporate boards and spends his free time traveling, fishing and hiking.
Terry Maxon is an award-winning journalist who wrote for newspapers in Dallas, Oklahoma City, and San Jose, CA, for 42 years. For 20 years, he covered airlines for The Dallas Morning News, with an emphasis on American Airlines.
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