Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time -- the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough and John Helyar's gripping account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 is the story of deal makers and publicity flaks, of strategy meetings and society dinners, of boardrooms and bedrooms -- giving us not only a detailed look at how financial operations at the highest levels are conducted but also a richly textured social history of wealth at the twilight of the Reagan era.
Barbarians at the Gate -- a business narrative classic -- is must reading for everyone interested in the way today's world really works....Continua
If you want to read a good story on m&a deals, the growth of the financial markets and the business world of the '80s, this is the book you have to read.
One of the most exciting books I have ever read, and it's all true! You won't have to know or care a thing about the business world to have a blast reading about the crazy bidding war for RJR Nabisco in 1989. I'm amazed at how the authors were able to piece together every last detail of the entire affair with hundreds of people directly involved.
The main character of the book is Ross Johnson, a really interesting guy from my hometown, Winnipeg, Canada, who was educated at my alma mater, University of Manitoba, and later rose to become CEO of RJR Nabisco.
This book made me realize that I would never want to be a part of this type of business world...it's full of greed, and it's all buying and selling and paper; there's nothing real being done, and nobody is being helped but the firms who collect their fees....Continua