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Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business Hardcover – February 16, 2010

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Given the recent economic turmoil, it is more important than ever for people to learn about the dynamics of business and finance. David Snider and Chris Howard provide readers with a clear understanding of key financial industries and deliver insights and analysis from the people leading these fields. This is the book for a savvy layperson interested in exploring business today. (Suzy Welch, New York Times bestselling author and columnist, with Jack Welch, for BusinessWeek magazine)

An excellent read on the inner workings of business and finance. I was particularly impressed by the lucid discussions of the consulting industry and the role of executives at Fortune 500 companies. (Stephen Kaufman, Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School, former Chairman and CEO of Arrow Electronics, former partner at McKinsey & Company)

This is a fabulous book for understanding entrepreneurship, venture capital and the symbiotic relationship they share. Money Makers takes readers inside these fields with highly relevant, engaging examples and a clear articulation of industry dynamics. (Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix)

Money Makers provides very insightful views into the business world and the issues it currently faces. Its depth will contribute materially to the public understanding of finance today. (Bill George, Author of 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, former CEO of Medtronic, director of Goldman Sachs)

Money Makers is both a wonderful primer for individuals thinking about entering the investment business and a fine reference for someone trying to understand the financial world today. (Stephen Kay, Retired Partner at Goldman Sachs)

Howard and Snider provide a concise and dynamic view of the venture capital business. Anyone who wants to understand the mechanics of this industry will learn from and enjoy the book, particularly those who aspire to be venture capitalists. (Nicholas Beim, General Partner, Matrix Partners)

Approachable and insightful, Money Makers takes you inside many of the most selective industries within the business world. Private equity, hedge funds, management consulting and the like are often referenced in the media but seldom fully explained. With their own experience and the wisdom of the business and finance leaders they interviewed, the authors have done a remarkable job making sense of these sophisticated fields. (Jim Ellis, Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, former President and CEO of Porsche Design)

I was blown away at how insightful Money Makers is. A fresh look at the DNA of private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and more. I wish something like this existed when I started my career in finance. (Jeff Bloomberg, Principal at Gordon Brothers, former Senior Managing Director for Retail and Consumer Products at Bear Stearns)

Money Makers answers the questions too few people have been willing to ask! An incredibly valuable addition to the library of anybody who wants to understand the workings of the generally "hidden" parts of business and finance. (Len Schlesinger- President Babson College)

Money Makers is a must read for anyone considering a career in finance, consulting, or management. David Snider and Chris Howard deftly describe each of these secretive professions with unparalleled detail. Using real life examples and interviews with industry veterans, the book provides everything you will need to know about these prestigious fields and the people leading them. (Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, Director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.; The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation)

About the Author

David Snider works in the private equity group at Bain Capital. He is the co-author of Money Makers. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction from Duke University.

Dr. Chris Howard is the President of Hampden-Sydney College and Chairman of the Impact Young Lives Foundation. He is the co-author of Money Makers. He was previously Vice President for Strategic & Leadership Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma and a manager with General Electric's elite Corporate Initiatives Group. He holds an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School, and is a Rhodes Scholar.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230614019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230614017
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Steiner on February 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. David Snider and Chris Howard have written a tremendous business primer for undergraduates, MBA students, or anyone else hoping to learn more about modern business. The book strips away jargon to explain the workings of the modern economy in clear, readable terms. The interviews interspersed throughout were my favorite component. Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, David Rubenstein of Carlyle Group and others provide insider perspectives into high finance. Anyone interested in learning more about modern business--or how to be a part of it--should pick up this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Martinez on March 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a current business school student, I found Money Makers to be a valuable resource for deepening my understanding of today's evolving landscape of finance and business. The book is well-written, succinct, insightful, and, above all, the access to some of the `captains of industry' in finance is remarkable! Overall, it is a terrific read. I highly recommend it, especially for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding into the esoteric world of alternative asset management.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Rasmussen on March 1, 2010
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I have worked for both private equity and hedge funds, and I have been consistently amazed both by the lack of information available and the extent of public misconceptions of how these industries work. Money Makers provides a clear, direct, and spot on portrait of how these secretive investment firms work and operate. Chris Howard and David Snider have done a fantastic job of pulling back the curtain and providing all of the essential details - from the lifestyles of employees to the strategies pursued to the histories of each individual industry. This book is a great resource for anyone looking to learn more about private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, management consulting, investment banking, and Fortune 500 companies - which, given their big roles in the financial crisis should be nearly everybody.

What truly makes the book special is the extent of Snider and Howard's research: their interview list reads like a who's who of Wall Street. Combined with Snider and Howard's clear and direct presentation how each industry works, these interviews allow the reader to understand both what it takes to succeed and how the people at the top view what's going on.

Deeply researched, clearly written, and insightful, Money Makers is one of the best books I have read on the financial industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth R. Ricker on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One of the best business books I've read: Money Makers was informative, concise, and entertaining.

I've recommended this book numerous times to people who are either a) considering a financial career, b) striving to place financial news in a more nuanced context, or c) curious about the hands pulling the strings in our financial markets.

Why it's unique: the book integrates candid interviews with luminaries from financial titans Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Greylock Partners, and McKinsey, as well as leaders at corporate behemoths Google, Motorola, General Electric, and Boston Scientific (among others). David Snider's and Dr. Chris Howard's thorough background research puts each industry into sharp focus. Refreshingly, the technical explanations throughout the book clarify such frequently confused topics as debt instruments, subprime mortgages, and investment with nearly unparalleled clarity.

Favorite parts: the unflinching assessments of the life of investment bankers, private equity managers, hedge fund managers, management consultants, and venture capitalists are especially memorable. These richly painted portrayals simultaneously educated and engaged me by including the detailed pros and cons of the five industries' work-life balance, compensation considerations, and required characteristics for success.

My only gripe: the entrepreneurship section got relatively short-shrift amidst the book's other financial profiles. On the other hand, entrepreneurs are frequently media darlings already. Money Makers' true edge is in carefully illuminating the less well documented actors of the business world--actors that have played significant roles in the recent financial disasters.

Overall, I'd give Money Makers an enthusiastic "A+".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Fore on March 17, 2010
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This books is an excellent summary of some of the most important business and finance topics that I had always wanted to learn about but had been too intimidated to try. As a second year law student, I was glad to finally have exposure to information that many of us outside of the business/finance world absolutely need to understand to be effective in our fields. I gleaned more about the ins-and-outs of corporate decision-making and market activity than I have from a semester of lectures in my Corporations class.

There is something in this book for everyone. For the business/finance novice (like me), there are descriptions and background on the history and development of key industries like private equity, venture capital, investment banking, and consulting. For the more business-savvy individuals, there are analyses of how these institutions have been affected by the global recession, as well as interviews with key industry leaders, who provide insights into the future of our key economic institutions.

If you've ever wondered why hedge fund managers earn such huge salaries, what role investment banks played in the financial crisis, what, exactly, a "corporate consultant" does, or how venture capitalists help get new companies off the ground, this book is for you. "Money Makers" is a clear, to-the-point summary of the things you really need to know about the world of business and finance.
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