The Big Lie

The Big Lie : Spying, Scandal, and Ethical Collapse at Hewlett Packard

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This is a dazzling business narrative of corporate malfeasance within the boardroom of one of America's most respected companies: Hewlett-Packard, known for the integrity of its revered founders and the values embodied in The HP Way. When it was revealed in the fall of 2006 that the Hewlett-Packard Company had spied on its own board members and several journalists for more than a year, an audacious and ultimately successful cover-up began. To this day, the story of what really went on inside HP has been masked. Veteran business reporter Anthony Bianco gained an abundance of fresh evidence of what, ultimately, was an elaborate and viciously personal power struggle between two iconic figures from Silicon Valley: Pattie Dunn, daughter of a Las Vegas showgirl and one of Fortune's 'most powerful women in business', and Tom Perkins, a swashbuckling, intuitive visionary. Dunn's background was as CEO of Barclays Global Investors, which pioneered quantitative investing using rigorous, computer-driven analysis. When the BGI manifesto declared, 'The goal is to replace heroic personalities contending in an atmousphere of greed and fear' they might as well have been describing Tom Perkins. From the moment an alliance was formed to oust Carly Forina as CEO, to the total unraveling of trust within the Hewlit Packard boardroom, a memorable cast of characters from one of America's signal blue chip corporations find themselves caught in the ethical morass of their own creation that ultimately damns them more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 35.56mm | 589.67g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586488031
  • 9781586488031
  • 1,390,023

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San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2010 "[A] gripping, well-sourced and illuminating book, "The Big Lie" [is] a gossipy and at times vulgar account of the battle of wills between Dunn and Tom Perkins, one of California's wealthiest venture capitalists. Think Tyra Banks meets "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell in a televised food fight... A splendid account of the very flawed stars of HP's sideshow."Sacramento Book Review, June 30, 2010"The book concludes by focusing on how some people will pay a high price to usher in a culture of openness in corporate governance. A captivating book; like reading a drama." New York Times, August 14, 2010"An authoritative account" Irish Times, August 29, 2010"The Big Lie shines a light on the boardroom machinations that lead to bad decisions being made." New York Journal of Books, September 2010 "Bianco's reporting (and he's done plenty of it at BusinessWeek) is complete, nasty, with plenty of villains, no heroes, and perhaps one victim... Read this alongside Jeffrey Pfeffer's recent book, Power, and you will understand much of the dysfunction of Fortune 500 capitalism."show more

About Anthony Bianco

Anthony Bianco wrote for Business Week (US) for twenty-seven years, authoring more than fifty Business Week cover stories. He is the author of four books, most recently Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America's Most Infamous Blcok, and Walmart: The Bully of Bentonville. He lives in Brooklyn, New more

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