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Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco Paperback – 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 563 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Business; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615230815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615230815
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great publication for a course at a university. TMI - Too much information. Some is very interesting, most has been dull and while accurate. BORING!!!
Actually did not finish it, when 1/2 way through and then had do do something important like go to work and make a living. These people did not make a living, they played the rest of us to make their MILLIONS.
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The Introduction to this 1990 book states, "This book arose from the authors' coverage in The Wall Street Journal of the fight to control RJR Narisco ... Our goal in pursuing the story behind those public events has been to meet the standard of accuracy and general excellence that the Journal sets for journalists' everywhere... Those looking in these pages for a definitive judgment on the impact of leveraged buyouts in the American economy will no doubt be disappointed. It is the authors' contention that some companies are well suited for the rigors of an LBO, while others are not... it is important to remember that an LBO is a creature of time. In most cases its success or failure can't be determined for three, four, five, or even seven years. The events in this book constitute the birth of an LBO; at this writing, the reborn RJR Nabisco is barely a year old. The baby looks healthy, but it's too soon to predict its ultimate fate." (Pg. ix-x) [Of course, the company was defunct by 1999, or earlier.] [NOTE: page numbers refer to the 528-page paperback edition.]

The authors explain when CEO F. Ross Johnson proposed an LBO to the Board, "Everyone in the room knew about leveraged buyouts... In an LBO, a small group of senior executives, usually working with a Wall Street partner, proposed to buy its company from public shareholders, using massive amounts of borrowed money. Critics of this procedure called it stealing the company from its owners and fretted that the mountain of corporate debt was hindering America's ability to compete abroad. Everyone knew LBOs meant deep cuts in research and every other imaginable budget, all sacrificed to pay off debt. Proponents insisted that companies forced to meet steep debt payments grew lean and mean.
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