In November 1998, Barclays chief executive Martin Taylor walked out of his job. Widely regarded as one of Britain's most talented businessmen, Taylor had reached the end of his tether after a series of trading disasters and boardroom clashes and together with discredited chairman Andrew Bruxton, had lost the confidence of many colleagues. What had brought this once-great British institution to the brink? The story of the decline of Barclays is rich in personality, intrigue and social nuance. It reflects all the elements of change in Britain over the past twenty years; the competitive forces of the Thatcher years and the greed that came with them, the ravages of the early-nineties recession, the uncertainties which followed and the shock of the 1998 Asian crisis. Martin Vander Weyer is uniquely placed to tell this fascinating story. He worked for Barclays from 1981 to 1992 and was responsible for setting up several overseas operations. He has access to most of the senior figures at Barclays. The book will be written in an anecdotal style and aimed at a broad readership rather than a business audience, focusing on the personalities of the Barclays story but set in a wider context of economic and social change.