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Closing Balances: Business Obituaries from the "Daily Telegraph" (Daily Telegraph Obituaries) Hardcover – 25 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845132041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845132040
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 22.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Vander Weyer is business editor and columnist for The Spectator and the business obituarist of The Daily Telegraph, perhaps the only journalist specialising in the field. He was previously the City Editor of The Week and spent fifteen years working as an investment banker in London Brussels and the Far East. His first book, Falling Eagle: The Decline of Barclay's Bank (2000), was described by The Economist as 'Instructive, terrifying and wonderfully entertaining'.


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A fascinating collection of obituaries, as always, from the Daily Telegraph's columns. Here are people who controlled the economic (and often political) destinies of whole nations: Agnelli, Kerry Packer, YK Pao etc. Their life's journeys are chronicled with judicious use of anecdote, as when a brash Texan oilman boasted at the roulette table that he was worth US$ 60 million...Kerry Packer just replied "toss you for it"!

As in their other volumes, I do have a problem with the way some of the deceased are corralled into, for example, the "Monster and Mavericks" section, while others, equally peculiar, are under "Playboys" or "Commonweath" etc. And you cannot believe everything you read in any newspaper, not even in the obituary section: the Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940, not, as the Telegraph staff seem to have believed when penning their obit of Baron Thyssen, 1939! Overall, though, a book which holds the attention right through.
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