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Grand Rapids, Mich. (May 21, 2003) — The first English translation of Francois Michelin’s And Why Not? Morality and Business is now available through the Acton Institute Book Shoppe ( ).

The 91-page book resulted from a series of discussions Michelin held with French journalists Ivan Levai and Yves Messarovitch. The former managing partner of Group Michelin talks at length about the history of the company and its remarkable development of the radial tire which was, by some, opposed at first. Michelin, who led the company to a leading position among global tire manufacturers, speaks candidly about his faith, the morality of business and the current state of French politics. The book also includes a postscript that describes “The Five-Step Method” used by Michelin to make business decisions.

Michelin “brings a keen intelligence to his practice of the Catholic faith, and within the church as well as outside it he bears witness to the special demands of the vocation of the leader of business,” said Michael Novak, George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

And Why Not? , priced at $16 in the paperbound edition, was published by Lexington Books as part of its Studies in Ethics and Economics Series. The series editor is Samuel Gregg, director of the Center for Economic Personalism at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty.

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