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Publisher's Summary

“One of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980s.” (New York Times Book Review)

A number-one New York Times best seller and arguably the best business narrative ever written, Barbarians at the Gate is the classic account of the fall of RJR Nabisco. An enduring masterpiece of investigative journalism by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, it includes a new afterword by the authors that brings this remarkable story of greed and double-dealings up to date 20 years after the famed deal. The Los Angeles Times calls Barbarians at the Gate, “Superlative”. The Chicago Tribune raves, “It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account.” And in an era of spectacular business crashes and federal bailouts, it still stands as a valuable cautionary tale that must be heeded.

©1989, 2009 Bryan Burrough, John Helyar (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Sinead O'Rourke
  • 2021-08-14

Simply magnificent

Great timeless story with superb narration. Required regarding for every business graduate or anyone with an interest in how ego trumps logic

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  • Andrew M.
  • 2021-08-01

Good book but too dense

The story is well told but it goes on for too long and too in depth. Not every phone call or meal needs to be detailed. Still, an incredible story about Wall Street and LBOs.

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  • D. J. Schultz
  • 2021-11-01

Still hugely relevant and entertaining after 30+ years!

One of the best modern history, business, and dramas I have ever read all rolled up into one book. Very even handed treatment of the characters and events. Well done!

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  • jason schaefer
  • 2021-08-10

Solid Story

Enjoyed the books from start to finish, even wiki'd all the folks to see how life went after the story was over.

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  • Karen
  • 2021-07-24

Narrator is just ok

Narrator takes some getting used to in pace and tone but the book is excellent

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  • Paul
  • 2021-07-05

Fun finance heavy story

This book requires a fair amount of attention, as it covers a lot of characters. It feels like a good window into what the 1980s LBO craze was like. It focuses less on employees and customers than shareholders and executives.

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  • A. Wenzel
  • 2022-06-26

insane. A must for every MBA.

Action packed story that reads like a heist thriller for nerds. One of the best books ever. You'll want to finish in one sitting!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-22

Worth the Effort

Because of the many characters, scenes, and length, it can be hard to keep track of all the events.
I stayed with it, and it is well done at the end when it all comes together.

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  • luke
  • 2022-06-13

Great book!

This was such a great book, I really enjoyed it. It covers a lot of ground but I found it pretty easy to follow who the key players are.

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  • Rodrigo Montoya
  • 2022-06-05

I would avoid it if you’re ESL

So very good writing but he frequent uses sentences like “the 6 times over octogenarian was a real Dutch uncle” and if you don’t get that then this book will be very long

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  • CHAJIA
  • 2022-06-01

A timeless classic

A timeless classic for every business and finance enthusiast, reflecting the high/low point of junk bond fueled LBOs, and the birth of stock options as a big part of execs global comp.