Barbarians at the Gate

Barbarians at the Gate : The Fall of RJR Nabisco

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An updated edition with a new introduction by Bryan Burrough, Barbarians at the Gate offers the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Burrough and Helyar's gripping record of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November 1988 is the story of deal makers and publicity flaks, of strategy meetings and society dinners, of boardrooms and bedrooms, giving students an almost unprecedented, detailed look at how financial operations at the highest levels are conducted.

"The finest account of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980s."

-New York Times Book Review
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Product details

  • Paperback | 563 pages
  • 135 x 198 x 38mm | 476g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • w. b&w photos
  • 0061655554
  • 9780061655555
  • 51,985

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The fight to control RJR Nabisco during October and November of 1988 was more than just the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Marked by brazen displays of ego not seen in American business for decades, it became the high point of a new gilded age, and its repercussions are still being felt. The ultimate story of greed and glory, Barbarians at the Gate is the gripping account of these two frenzied months, of deal makers and publicity flaks, of an old-line industrial powerhouse that became the victim of the ruthless and rapacious style of finance in the 1980s. Written with the bravado of a novel and researched with the diligence of a sweeping cultural history, here is the unforgettable story of the takeover in all its brutality.
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"It's hard to imagine a better story...and it's hard to imagine a better account" Chicago Tribune
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"Impressive qualities... delicious scenes... a cinematic yet extraordinarily careful book."--Ken Auletta, New York Daily News
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About Bryan Burrough

Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of five books.

John Helyar is a columnist for Bloomberg News. He previously wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and ESPN, and is the author of Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball.
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