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3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories on 16 modern business failures, 1 April 2013
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This review is from: How They Blew It: The CEOs and Entrepreneurs Behind Some of the World's Most Catastrophic Business Failures (Kindle Edition)
I'm normally not into the negative books about entrepreneurs, but this is actually a pretty reasonable review of 16 CEOs and entrepreneurs that things went temporarily or permanently bad for, without too much of a hatchet job on them. It's mainly taken from publicly available information, and it more covering the stories than providing too much original analysis.

The chapter list includes:

Robert Tchenguiz - the UK property mogul.
Dick Fuld and James Cayne - the CEOs of Lehman and Bear Stearns during their credit crunch collapses.
Kevin Leech and Christopher Foster - UK entrepreneurs who's investments went bad.
Key Lay - the criminal, and seemingly sociopathic, Enron Chairman.
Boris Berezovsky and Mikhail Khodorkovsky - and their Putin-led attempts to turn a large fortune into jail time and exile.
Mark Goldberg - who had by far the most entertaining story, in blowing his fortune on 9 months as Crystal Palace chairman.

It's not written by the chef Jamie Oliver, so you don't have to worry about reading it with a lisp.

Most hit problems from hubris - but many, many people in the same situations have not lost their fortunes, or been forced to do extra jail time for upsetting Russian presidents. Unless you're fundamentally dishonest or a sociopath, you're probably not going to learn a lot of tips from this book, but the stories are good.

Great value.
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