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The leveraged buyout of the RJR Nabisco Corporation for $25 billion is a landmark in American business history, a story of avarice on an epic scale. Two versions of the fierce competition for the largest buyout ever consummated are presented by skilled journalists with contrasting styles. Burrough and Helyar are clearly fascinated with the personalities of the players in the deal and with the trappings of corporate wealth. The restless, flamboyant personality of Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR Nabisco, is portrayed as the key to the events that were to unfold. The colorful description of all of the players and the events will likely have broad appeal. Lampert signals the complexity of her story by introducing her narrative with a three-page cast of characters. Her focus on the strategy of the players and on the fast-paced action provides a more concise description of a deal big enough to augment the wealth of many rich people. Business libraries will want both versions of this story of capitalism drawn to the extreme, but students, looking for a more comprehensive treatment, will favor Lampert's version.
- Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account” (Chicago Tribune)
“A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
“The fascinating inside story of the largest corporate takeover in American history… It reads like a novel.” (Today Show)
“The most piercing and compelling narrative of a deal to date.” (Boston Globe)
“Impressive qualities... delicious scenes... a cinematic yet extraordinarily careful book.” (Ken Auletta, New York Daily News)
Amazing story of LBOs and the intrigue and deals that are made. It took a lot of woe to put the story together. It is a "long read" but moves along.Published 8 days ago by Christopher Anderson
Great read. It puts you in the shoes of a variety of big company CEO's, board members, and execs and lets you live life through their eyes at some of the biggest, publicly traded... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Eric Scott
Anyone who works for a publicly traded company should be required to read this book.Published 1 month ago by BJT
I consider myself a novice reader of financial dealings. I've read several books about investment banking, the real estate bubble burst, Enron, private equity firms, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SR011994
This is a great book. Don't hesitate to read it. But there is a major issue with the Kindle edition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chris Lonsberry