Barbarians At The Gate Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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"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)
"One of the greatest business books ever written" (New York Times)
"It's hard to imagine a better story" (Chicago Tribune)
"The most bizarre financial mock-epic of our age. Read it open-mouthed; wonder and shudder." (Independent)
Anniversary edition of the classic, bestselling business thriller - '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, IndependentSee 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.
Barbarians is fairly light reading, considering the topic; one doesn't have to be an expert at Mergers & Aquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, or Corporate Finance in order to see the story unfold and understand it; Burrough and Helyar have done an excellent job of taking a complex and, in some cases, downright boring topic, and making it fairly digestible.
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