Barbarians At The Gate Paperback – 5 Aug 2004
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"The most bizarre financial mock-epic of our age. Read it open-mouthed; wonder and shudder." (Independent)
"All the suspense of a first-rate thriller - one of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980s." (New York Times Book Review)
'This is the eye-popping truth about greed on a JCB scale. Mouthwatering stuff'Griff Rhys Jones, The Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books for Men, The Independent, October 2003See all Product Description
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The battle for RJR is retold here with effervescence and dazzle. Barbarians is a telling story of hubris and greed and one out of which a lot can be learned the most important being: one ought to lose all automatic respect for financial titans. From the teflon-coated aggrandizing CEO of RJR (Ross Johnson) to the I-gotta-be-in-this-deal-even-if-it-makes-no-sense Mr Kravis of KKR to the banks who creamed off hundreds of millions you gotta hand it to these guys, they really knew how to shake down a great American company.
Having become a mergers & acquisitions advisor subsequent to reading this book, I have come to realize how true to life it actually is. Heylar and Burroughs do an excellent job of explaining the complexities of a buyout without inundating the reader with boring (trust me...boring) details. This book is a must read for people interested in a good story, as well as people interested in life on the Street.
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Very good book explaning all sides of a very famous LBO. Didnt get five stars from me because I thought it was a bit TOO detailed, but very interestinfg nonetheless.Published 2 months ago by JonathanYoung
Who would have thought that, 30 years later, this book would still be relevant? The story inside is still repeated today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. E. Parry
In the old days, companies were built to prosper and hire people, and make a profit for the stockholders. And then the investment banks arrived. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Koetzsch
by far the best book ever written on financial markets chicanery. great story that covers so many areas/people/companies. excellent writing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by badams
Relevant even in today's world of finance. Recommended to read and a masterpiece. The macho culture in Wall Street and Private Equity lives on to this day unfortunately.Published 7 months ago by reader1
Couldn't put it down. Simply Brilliant. If you only read one business book. Read this one.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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