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Maxwell: The Final Verdict Paperback – 2 Dec 1996

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (2 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006384242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006384243
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,307,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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A gripping account of an entrepreneurial man gradually pushing the boundaries of his money making empire too far. Intriguing and gripping all the way. A perfect example of someone digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself and the suspicion surrounding his bizarre​ death.
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This is one of three titles by the same author I recently downloaded for my Kindle, after having read a number of books about Maxwell.
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.
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Robert Maxwell hated Tom Bower. And he would have hated this well researched fearless book. Bower spent years investigating Maxwell whilst he was alive and this book also includes years of research into his death. Maxwell died in 1991 but many of the lessons from his downfall are still very relevant today. A really brilliant biography.
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The first three quarters of the book are an engrossing read. Sadly the last part that deals with the court case mostly goes over old ground dealt with in the first part of the book so it was a bit hard going from a boredom "I've already read this!" point of view.
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An unbelievable insight into the despicable behaviour of that slob Maxwell and his lying toad of a son, Kevin. The jury members should hang their heads in shame for finding Kevin innocent of his blatant and pervasive fraud.
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You did feel that Maxwell was right there in the background watching what the author was writing but I found it worth the read. Covers all sorts of fields & business dealings yet by the end you still feel him an enigma! I found his origins & beginnings of most interest. I'd read again at some stage. My niece who went to Newcastle University, her mother is now married into this family after a Welshman & my brother. See also Tom Bower's Fayed on my Profile page too.
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By Alvin on 27 Sept. 2014
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Pretty awful read… The writer insists on coming back to “lifestyle” (the yacht, private jet, heli, pink champagne and such) and how Maxwell and Kevin managed to keep the banks at bay by lying their heads off. Trifles…
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.
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A very detailed book covering the later life of Robert Maxwell, by someone who is definitely no fan boy. At times, it is a bit difficult to read because of the amount of supporting evidence the author provides (perhaps partially to avoid legal action). Despite this, Tom Bower's view of the events is fascinating, especially if you like tales of greed, intrigue, spending vast sums, and large loans turning bad.
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