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The Elephant Hunters: Chronicles of the Moneymen Hardcover – 26 Sep 2008

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'This is a marvellous story of the Moneymen and "Powerbitches" of high finance who hold all the levers in the engine room of contemporary capitalism. Drawing on remarkably frank interviews with financiers from all over the globe, the book tells a tale that's both personal and historical. It's not just about money and the power that goes with it, or about personal and institutional successes and failures, but the startling relationships, understandings and "crackberries" that help make the finance markets the driving force of globalisation they are today.'
-Professor David Hayward-Dean, Swinburn University of Technology, Australia.

'Written in an engaging style which hooks you in immediately, The Elephant Hunters illustrates vividly how success in investment banking requires a complex blend of art and science. One's networks, relationships and 'gut feel' seem to be as important, if not more important, than any analytical capability. Required reading for anyone thinking of swimming in this pool of sharks!'
-Cliff Bowman, Director of Research, Ashridge Business School, UK
'The authors lay bare the true motivations of the moneymen – at times intimidating and arrogant, but their desire to leave a charitable legacy gives meaning to their journey. The Elephant Hunters is a rare combination of an infectious read and convincing research.'
-David Pumphrey – Senior Partner, Heidrick& Struggles, Australia

'A fascinating story of ambition, avarice and altruism - characteristics of the masters of our financial universe'
-John Phillips, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, Australia. 
'A fascinating read: I couldn't put the book down!'
-Professor D.R Myddelton, Emeritus Professor, Cranfield School of Management UK 

'A rare and amazing journey with real insights into the personalities behind the fortunes'
-Dr Robert Galavan, Head of Department,
Business and Law, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
'Memories flooded back, from doubling my earnings as a ten year old by wishing the customers 'Happy Easter', to the embarrassment of my obsessive working souring family obligations and the deep satisfaction of selling my business. The Elephant Hunters offers narrative and insights which do not underestimate the three pillars of success: effort, judgment and good fortune'
-Charles Rose, Director, Hainsford Developments Limited , UK 

'Explosive! This book gets to the heart of the most egoistic and yet fragile system on this earth, that of money.'
-Baroness Maggie Jones- House of Lords, London, UK 

'This book reads like a thrilling novel that is hard to put down!'
-Professor David Altman- Vice President Research and Innovation, Centre for Creative Leadership, USA

'Portraits of unchecked life forces blazing desperately in response to the thrill of success'
-Peter Carre, Chairman, The Water Resources Group, Australia

'Fascinating and horrifying; the jobs consume the people - yet a solution is proffered'
Rosalind Gilmore – Director, The Leadership Foundation, Washington DC, USA.

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Awesome, penetrating exposure of the greed, frailty and goings-on of those who determine our lives – the moneymen!

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