Darvish condemns what she saw as the ambivalent approach of NADA executives as they sought to mediate between the automakers and terminated dealers.
"They're very connected with the manufacturers," Darvish says. "They were put into a very bad position, where they tried to keep everyone happy."
In the book, Darvish accused NADA of being part of a "good-old-boys' network," and of being "conflicted" because most of its members didn't lose franchises.
NADA "certainly did not have the appetite to take on the manufacturers," Darvish told Automotive News.
Today, Darvish is COO of PenFed Credit Union, of Alexandria, Va. She previously was a 30-year veteran and former executive vice president of DARCARS Automotive Group, a dealership group in Bethesda, Md., founded by her father, John Darvish.
DARCARS operates 22 dealerships. It ranks No. 28 on Automotive News' list of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S., with retail sales of 24,411 new vehicles in 2015. Tamara Darvish left the group in 2014 in a legal dispute over succession planning.
DARCARS lost three dealerships in the 2009 terminations -- two Chrysler stores, in Fairfax, Va., and Jacksonville, Fla., and a Chevrolet dealership, in Lanham, Md. -- according to Darvish's book.
Darvish and the group she helped lead, the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights, clashed with NADA over representation of the rejected dealers.
Other committee leaders were Jack Fitzgerald, owner of Maryland-headquartered Fitzgerald Auto Malls, and Elyria, Ohio, dealer Alan Spitzer.
In the book, Darvish credits Fitzgerald and Spitzer for coming up with the idea of a dealer committee, and bringing her in as a co-leader.