Book Journeys: New Book About Arrow Trucking Relates Insiders’ Accounts of Company’s Destruction
August 1, 2012
“Three days before Christmas 2009, more than 1,200 Arrow Trucking Company drivers were ordered by in-cab messages to ‘leave their trucks where they were’ on the roadways of America, Canada and Mexico and ‘find a way to get home,’” recounts Tulsa author Charles H. “Chuck” Hood. “What they weren’t told was their credit cards had been canceled and their payroll and expense-reimbursement checks were worthless.”
“It was this same management style that led to the closure and bankruptcy of Arrow, previously one of the leading and most-respected trucking companies in America,” Hood states. Hood is the author of Big Rigs, Posh Digs, Fast Cars, Dark Bars, a newly released nonfiction book that documents the behind the scenes story of Arrow’s death as told to him by company insiders.
“Since that December day in 2009, Arrow’s more than 1,400 employees have necessarily had to scatter in search of employment and homes elsewhere,” says Hood. “They have always known who was responsible for the company’s closure. They’ve since read about the numerous RICO and fraud charges brought against Arrow’s then-in-charge management group. They also knew this greed-driven group was responsible for the company’s loss of more than $90 million in value in less than eight years. They just didn’t know the details of ‘how and why’ it all happened.”
“That story is finally available to them and everyone else as an e-book and audio book,” Hood says. “Big Rigs, Posh Digs, Fast Cars, Dark Bars is the result of many of Arrow’s past employees relating their personal thoughts, experiences, and views to me. I was given a countless array of unbelievable stories and observations. If there were any disagreements as to the authenticity of any of this information, it was not used. In fact, I was given information that was so outrageously inflammatory – whether true or not – that I chose not to include it in the book. Later news reports and the release of depositions allowed me to further verify the facts given to me.”
“From the outset I was told: ‘This is a story that needs to be told.’ Once I was given a few of the very intriguing and unbelievable highlights – by company insiders – it didn’t take long for me to agree and concede to writing the story,” Hood says. “As my interviews commenced and progressed, my thoughts soon became altered. This was no longer a story that ‘needed’ to be told, it was a story that ‘must’ be told”.
Hood further says even the book’s title was updated as each incredible tale was related. What began as Trains, Trucks and Automobiles transitioned to today’s title, Big Rigs, Posh Digs, Fast Cars, Dark Bars. “It’s a true story of how a very few greedy people destroyed a highly acclaimed, successful American company and the lives of its more than 1,400 employees and their families,” Hood says, “and, they did it in near-record time. It’s a nonfiction book that contains all of the ingredients of a best-selling fictional thriller.”
Big Rigs… is available as an e-book through Amazon (Kindle), Apple i bookstore (i-pad), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, and ebook pie. It also is available as an audio book at audible.com.