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Last Man Standing: The Ascent of Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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More About the Author
In 2004, he was the recipient of two Canadian National Magazine Awards--Best Business Story (gold) and Best Investigative Reporting (silver)--for Conrad's Fall in National Post Business.
The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2013.
Last Man Standing, his biography of Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2009.
He is also the co-author, with Owen Burke, of The CEO, a satire.
He lives in Brooklyn with his daughter, Marguerite.
Top Customer Reviews
Dimon, without question, is highly talented. However, his career received two initial major boosts. The first was working for several Harvard Business School professors in finance prior to beginning his Harvard Business School (HBS) experience. This provided him with early high-level exposure to the area and undoubtedly enriched his education experience as well. The second was joining forces with Sandy Weill in 1982 upon graduating from Harvard (Baker Scholar - top 5%), and having the opportunity to participate in top-level analyses and decision-making with many a 'mover and shaker.' (Dimon's alternative was more remunerative, but much lower level positions in investment banking.)
Weill had recently been pushed out of American Express, so Dimon was taking a bit of a gamble joining up with Weill. Fortunately, it wasn't too long before Control Data asked for help with its newly acquired Commercial Credit unit - lender to those with relatively low household incomes. Weill was appointed CEO in 1986, a leveraged buy-out soon followed, assuring a rich options opportunity for both himself and Dimon. Other steps included a 10% staff cut, selling off the car leasing and accounts-receivable insurance businesses (too much risk), and cutting executive perks (magazine subscriptions, country club memberships, flowers).Read more ›
It's a good feeling working for a company where what I do everyday for our clients (despite being just 1 out of over 200,000) actually matters. No one here is insignificant. And every detail, every employee, matters. And that's a healthy culture for any business to have. I am proud to be part of this great company; proud of our leader and our management team's diligent handling of our bank's financial affairs; proud to have been able to help our clients during a very difficult period for our country.
Duff's account of Jamie's career is a must read for any aspiring manager/leader. From his detailed account of Jamie's early career to the more recent events, this book is an easy, addictive read. It's hard to put it down. Great job researching the stories, issues and conducting interviews. In the aftermath of this complex system meltdown, it is refreshing to read a book in which complex financial issues can be easily understood by anyone. Strongly recommended.
I only gave the book 3 star, because I felt it was written in a more favorable light than was deserved. It read more like hagiography than biography. The book is worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What an accolade to be called the last man standing! It made it interesting to see what he had done. Read morePublished 13 days ago by M.W.Heishman
I became a broker fairly early in this story of Dimon's rise, but never knew much about him. This book was very informative about Dimon the alpha male financier as well as the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by S. Widtfeldt
Enjoyed reading this book having worked at the firm from 2005-2011Published 1 month ago by jay dumaswala
Jamie Dimon is a business leader of whom I had read very little prior to this book. He is not a shadow figure; rather he is a forceful, very visible presence in almost any... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miller.
Jamie rocks!!! A truly professional manager, a leader and decision maker. A remarkable career based on thorough knowledge of finance, the right mentor, the appropriate team of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Francisco Mariategui
It made me think of this quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Read morePublished 9 months ago by melissa schwenneker
On one side you have books like Barbarians at the Gate, Den of Thieves, Conspiracy of Fools, Serpent on the Rock, The Lost Bank, and The House of Morgan all of which I have read... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thomas Murphy Jr.
Very interesting account of a very interesting individualPublished 13 months ago by Bernie Mathlage