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Table of Contents:VOL. 160, NO. 7 - October 12, 2009
Assignment Detroit
GM: Do or die
GM: Do or die
The Motor City's most important corporate citizen has been thoroughly, finally humbled. The question now is whether its journey through bankruptcy has made it strong enough to thrive. By Alex Taylor III 
It's clutch time for Fritz Henderson and GM
The 101-year-old automaker has a new CEO, a new board, new owners, and a new attitude. Now it just needs to build cars and trucks that people want to buy. By Alex Taylor III 
Betting on the Volt
When GM opened a plant in Detroit 23 years ago, the hope was that it would revitalize the city. It didn't. Now the facility will build the plug-in hybrid Volt. Will this time be different? By David Whitford 
Motorola gets in the game
Motorola gets in the game
A new tech wizard, Sanjay Jha, is fighting to return the ailing cellphone maker to relevance - with a little help from Google. By Jessi Hempel 
Charlie Rose: Why business loves him
Over 18 years, he's made his show a national salon. As the economic crisis has unfolded, Rose's round oak table has been the place for business leaders to talk about it. By David A. Kaplan 
The future of water
As the world's population grows, freshwater resources are getting increasingly scarce. That's driving a global boom in the business of desalination. Soon we may not be able to satisfy our thirst without it. By Beth Kowitt 
The world's toughest job
A talk with Indra Nooyi, the No. 1 Most Powerful Woman. Interview by Patricia Sellers 
Toxic shock
China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 gases, primarily from its coal-fired electric plants. By Bill Powell 
Which Ivy performed best
Ivy League endowments plummeted last year, but Penn and Columbia fared better than the rest. By Telis Demos 
Cult sodas
Niche brands kept alive for diehard fans. By Beth Kowitt 
Value driven
Time to start managing for the next recession. By Geoff Colvin 
Rock star gets help from fans
New web ventures let consumers make the music. By Mina Kimes 
The deal
Zell: $290 million. Uncle Sam: nothing. By Allan Sloan 
100 best companies to work for
No. 7 Genentech: encouraging innovation. By Chris Tkaczyk 
How I got started
A love of flying keeps Cape Air CEO Dan Wolf in the pilot's seat. 
Netflix's $1 million R&D smackdown
The Netflix Prize is a case study in user-generated innovation. Can it help your business? By Michael V. Copeland 
They're on a mission to Mars
Behind every unmanned JPL robot is a talented team of engineers. By Alyssa Abkowitz 
Life at the top
Muscle car mania
Muscle car mania
Racing legend Carroll Shelby unleashes his latest and greatest: the Super Snake. By Sue Zesiger Callaway 
Road warrior
Paul Ziff, president of watchmaker Zenith North America. By Beth Kowitt 
Book review
David Finkel's 'The Good Soldiers.' By Daniel Okrent 
The school CEO
The school CEO
New York City education chief Joel Klein talks with Fortune's Geoff Colvin about improving U.S. schools. 
Editor's desk
Five funds on the rebound
The five mutual funds we picked to shine in 2009 have rallied sharply. By Mina Kimes 
Fastest-growing companies update
Darling International converts fat and animal carcasses into commodities - and few do it better. By Scott Cendrowski 
Analyst face-off: Horton stock is hot
Will it continue to run? By Scott Cendrowski 
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