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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780743920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780743929
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Fascinating. If you want to know what it is about the culture of the firm that sets it apart and has made it so successful, read this book.'

(Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lords of Finance)

'A superb examination of one of the most powerful, secretive, and least understood organizations on the planet.'

(William D. Cohan, bestselling author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World)

'Timely.… A fast-paced account of a key business institution, its deeds and misdeeds.'

(Kirkus Reviews)

'Revealing… McDonald combines a lucid chronicle of McKinsey’s growth and boardroom melodramas.'

(Publishers Weekly)

'This is critical reading for anyone who wants to understand how the world of business really works.'

(Bethany McLean, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller All the Devils Are Here)

'Thought-provoking… offers a fascinating look behind the company’s success.' 

(Andrew Ross Sorkin New York Times)

'An up-to-date, full-blown history, told with wit and clarity…'

(Wall Street Journal)

'At a stroke, McDonald sums up the attraction of McKinsey to the world’s largest companies, the mystique surrounding its methods, the envy it inspires in competitors and the anger it sometimes incites…  a very readable account.'

(Financial Times)

'[An] admiring book that nevertheless asks hard questions about the organization’s future.'

(The Economist)

‘Is this a good book? Yes. It is meticulously researched, well-written, and comprehensive and balanced. Is it enjoyable? Yes.’ 

(Management Today)

'Quickly, McDonald gets into his stride... a rattling good read.'

(The Times)

About the Author

Duff McDonald is a journalist and the author of Last Man Standing, a biography of JPMorgan Chase CEO and chairman, Jamie Dimon. A contributing editor at Fortune magazine and the New York Observer, he has written for Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Esquire, GQ, Wired, and Time, and has been awarded two Canadian National Magazine Awards. He lives in New York.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Morris on 9 April 2014
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As an employee of no less than three large UK-located businesses in the period 1960 to 1990 which were clients of "The Firm" I was both entertained and educated by this book. It explained a great deal about their methodology and faithfully traced the changes made over the period I experienced. I consider it required reading for any management consultant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HedgeRow on 23 Jun. 2014
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Well-written, and its own considered way a vital addition to the general debate on globalisation and the further transfer of power to international elites.

The prose slightly lacks passion, although the very manicured calm of the company being profiled must represent a great inhibitor of a more lively piece of work. The basics of the story are definitely there, including interesting vignettes on the (implied and definitely odds-on) fighting of company elections for leadership positions through the pages of major publications, and also the sense that (and this may not persist) that for now many in McKinsey feel slightly beached, with the real action at Apple, Google, and other technology firms.

The rejoinder to that is that McKinsey’s networks extend so far and so widely that the company’s influence, although adapted, remains formidable, making Mr McDonald’s well-researched book a much prized guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Emery on 2 Oct. 2014
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Good book on McKinsey history with some great insights. An easy and enjoyable read
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