- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (1 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007292872
- ISBN-13: 978-0007292875
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
MAXWELL: THE FINAL VERDICT Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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‘Bower presents a story which has everything: greed, intrigue, fraud, sex, spies, famous names and a mysterious and violent death’
Andy McSmith, Observer
‘Why did the Maxwells get off? The answers are in Tom Bower’s book. His relentless research has produced something more than an expose of a single rogue’
Paul Foot, Spectator
‘Bower’s portrait of the monster is totally convincing and his grasp of the financial nuts and bolts formidable’
Martin Vander Weyer, Sunday Telegraph
‘A devastating indictment not only of one man but of human fallibility and the City of London’
Roy Greenslade, Sunday Times
‘An epic tale of deception and greed… Bower shows absolute mastery of the financial maneouvrings. No one could have too much faith in the capitalist system after reading this gripping book’
Richard Ingrams, Evening Standard
‘This book is difficult even to review without running into problems of defamation. Bower is quite fearless… excellent’
Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
From the Back Cover
Robert Maxwell was one of the most flamboyant, complex and – seemingly – the richest self-made men in post-war Britain. The tentacles of his power stretched from newspapers to football, from the boardrooms of his many companies and into the thoughts of the world at large.
'Maxwell: The Final Verdict' is a story of greed and corruption on a truly mammoth scale. Revealing, for the first time, how Maxwell hurtled tumultuously towards disaster, it draws upon an exceptional resource of inside knowledge, such as could only have been assembled by the leading investigative journalist of his generation. Including intimate accounts of Maxwell's lifestyle and personality from his closest associates – from world politicians to girlfriends – answering all the questions surrounding his death and the investigations which follow it, and with full details of the trial of Kevin and Ian Maxwell, this is the most explosive expose of the decade.
'Bower presents a story which everything has: greed, intrigue, fraud, sex, spies, famous names and a mysterious and violent death'.
ANDY McSMITH, 'Observer'
'Why did the Maxwell get off? The answers are in Tom Bower's book. His relentless research has produced something more than an expose of a single rogue'
PAUL FOOT,' Spectator'
'This book is difficult even to review without running into problems of defamation. Bower is quite fearless… excellent'
LYNN BARBER,' Daily Telegraph'
'Bower's portrait of the monster is totally convincing and his grasp of the financial nuts and bolts formidable'
MARTIN VANDER WEYER, ' Sunday Telegraph'
'A devastating indictment not only of one man but of human fallibility and the City of London'
ROY GREENSLADE,' Sunday Times'
'An epic tale of deception and greed… Bower shows absolute mastery of the financial manoeuvrings. No one could have too much faith in the capitalist system after reading this gripping book'
RICHARD INGRAMS,' Evening Standard'
'A valuable and impressive record of the anatomy of one of the most dramatic corporate collapses this century'
BRONWEN MADDOX,' Financial Times '
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Top Customer Reviews
Even though the events covered in the book took place over twenty years ago, Bower's style of writing helps the reader forget the time which has passed since Maxwell committed - what was then - the fraud of the century.
Well-researched and well-written, Bower lives up to his reputation by delivering a finely crafted work covering the fall of one of Britain's then most controversial characters.
One would have to make their own mind up as to whether the sons were equally corrupt or simply living in fear of their father - although the information delivered by Bower would leave the average reader in no doubt as to Kevin Maxwell's part in proceedings.
The trial proceedings are well documented by Bower, and leaves the reader wondering just how the jury could have arrived at it's final decision.
A fine read for anybody with an interest in corruption and fraud in the business world.
The writer does not answer the key question: How come a man so smart, so charming, so ruthless and so driven as Maxwell lost so much money? He owned reasonably profitable companies and knew every trick to max profits and minimize tax. So why did the empire melt down? It wasn’t a technology shift (the internet). That would come 20 years later. And it wasn’t bad deal making. Somebody who could out-manoeuvre Saul Steinberg (in the Pergamon deal) was no fool.
In short, the book offers only a surface treatment of one of Britain’s most interesting business failures and for that reason remains unsatisfactory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The feel of the book is very disappointing. This book looks as though it has been reprinted very cheaply. The photographs are rough as is the paper. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S L Marsh
My ex boss, and what a boss! Caused all kinds of hardship for his employeesPublished 21 months ago by Yvonne Peirson
This is an excellent review of the collapse of the Maxwell Media Empire and the raid on the employees' pension funds in a last desperate attempt to save the empirePublished on 14 Oct. 2014 by Phillip Sweeney