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5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Take It With You, 14 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Closing Balances: Business Obituaries from the "Daily Telegraph" (Daily Telegraph Obituaries) (Hardcover)
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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