This journey through the world of buy-outs and private equity and in particular Blackstone and it's co-founder and longtime driving force Steve Schwarzman, is comprehensively told by the authors David Carey and John E Morris, both experienced financial journalists. It is a very complete account of virtually (if not all) of the deals, both successes and failures undertaken by Blackstone from its start in 1985 through to fairly recently, and it explains in understandable jargon all of the 'in's-and-out's' and technicalities of the Private Equity money making merry-go-round.
The book also strives to give a balanced view on the whole business, ethics and usefulness to society of Private Equity buccaneers from Knights on White Horses riding to save ailing businesses to bloodsuckers interested only in lining their own pockets with little or no regard for others. The reader is left to make his own mind up in this respect.
However, I found that, whilst "King Of Capital" was a well researched and compiled book that was instructive as well as informative, it was perhaps a tad short of instilling a sense into the reader of the 'passion' and cut and thrust that surely must be a involved in the wheeling and dealing of company take-overs and buy-outs. Steve Schwarzman is undoubtedly some hell of a good business man and deal-maker but by the end of the book I did not feel that I 'knew' the man - perhaps this enigmatic persona is what has kept him on top of the pile?
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