Financier: The Biography of Andre Meyer : A Story of Money, Power, and the Reshaping of American Business
Reich is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the Overseas Press Award and the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 157 x 233 x 20mm | 580g
- 01 Mar 1998
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- New York, United States
- 1. Auflage
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André Meyer, "The Picasso of Banking," was all this--andmuch more. A man of seemingly endless contradictions, he wasrespected and admired by many, scorned and disliked by many others.In this riveting, classic biography, renowned author and NationalBook Award finalist Cary Reich skillfully captures the many facetsof this colorful and complex figure, painting an illuminating andcaptivating portrait of an enigmatic icon who climbed his way frommodest beginnings to become what David Rockefeller called "the mostcreative financial genius of our time in the investment bankingworld."
Born in 1898 in Paris, André Benoit Mathieu Meyer wassaddled with adult responsibilities early on, having to provide forhis family when his father, an inveterate gambler, "left a vacuumat the head of the household." After getting his professional startat a small Paris bank, he quickly caught the attention of theeminent private banking firm Lazard Fréres, whoseprestigious ranks he joined in 1925. Within a year, Meyer was madepartner.
With the advent of World War II, Meyer was forced into exile by theNazi occupation. Resettling in the United States, he took overLazard's New York operation, building it into the most venturesomeinvestment bank in America. During the 1940s and 1950s, whenindustry was thirsting for capital for its relentless growth, hefinanced anything and everything from Texas ranchland to New YorkCity real-estate projects. In the sixties, when it became clear thebig corporations could get bigger only by gobbling up othercorporations, Meyer masterfully got the merger-and-acquisition ballrolling, and became the world's most prolific marriage broker forcountless corporate combinations.
Financier brilliantly captures Meyer's financial wizardry, aphenomenal talent that was tempered only by the volatile tantrums, ruthlessness, and insatiable greed that went hand in hand with hisgenius. Unveiling the dueling sides of his complex personality, this absorbing account shows Meyer at his best--as a father figurefor the likes of Felix Rohatyn, his most famousprotégé, and for Jacqueline Onassis in the yearsafter the assassination--and presents him at his worst--as atortured and possessive father and a cruel, often vindictiveboss.
Financier is a work that is as compelling, unforgettable, andmonumental as its inimitable subject.
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Critical praise for Financier: The Biography of AndréMeyer
"A first-rate biography of an extraordinary man." --AndrewTobias
"A fascinating mix of financial history involving household namesof the corporate scene, gossip at rarefied altitudes and big bucks.The focus is on people, mutual back-scratching, wheeling anddealing through the conglomerate jungle." --The Wall StreetJournal.
"This book is fun to read. Mr. Reich, while prudently avoidingheavy legal and accounting exegesis, has a talent for the clearexplanation of essential technical detail." --New York Times BookReview.
"Hard-edged and uncompromising . . . a lucid and well-researchedaccount." --The New Republic.
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