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Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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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)
Top customer reviews
I actually met Theodore Forstmann when I was a teenager and he was in his early twenties, at the Apawamis Club in Rye, NY. I remember it because he got hit with a golf ball. Weird, huh?
Watch the movie also; as with all movies there are some liberties taken but the complete absurdity of the whole event is very skillfully portrayed. It has James Garner as Ross Johnson and it's a natural role for the recently deceased actor. Fred Dalton Thompson is also great as the president of American Express. Worth the time to watch it!
This is a must-read for prospective business majors or those simply looking to get a close up look at the workings of Wall Street from an operational perspective rather than a cultural one.