A year ago Americans were still having to come to terms with terrorism at home and the daunting prospect of stepping up their country's role as a world policeman. With the stock market - traditionally the bellwether for automobile sales - languishing at a fraction of its 2000 level (and still further to fall?), war drums beating in the Pentagon, corporate corruption exposed in the highest ranks of America's financial aristocracy, and unemployment on the rise, all the signs were of a sustained and deep recession. Bert Wyatt reports.