Author Bryce G. Hoffman, AOL

There is little question that Ford, under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally, has perhaps never looked better in terms of product and financial stability.

But it's been less than four years since the company's stock was hovering near $1.00 a share. The Ford family was making noise about selling out. And Mulally was actually lampooned on Saturday Night Live.

Bryce G. Hoffman, a reporter for The Detroit News, has penned a new book, American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, on the fall and rise of the Blue Oval. The book really begins with the 2000-2001 Firestone tire recall, continues through the 2008 financial meltdown and eventually finishes with the comeback and reformation of the company under Mulally.

David Kiley, Editor-in-Chief of our sister site, AOL Autos, reviews the book here for HuffingtonPost Detroit, bu you can check out a video interview with Hoffman talking all things Ford after the jump.