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Barbarians at the Gate

The Fall of RJR Nabisco

Burrough, Bryan, 1961-

(eBook - 2003)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Baker & Taylor
A 20th anniversary edition of the best-selling account of an infamous 1988 deal involving Wall Street's largest takeover is complemented by an extensive afterword that reveals the takeover's legacy and what has become of its contributors and companies. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.


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

A #1 New York Times bestseller 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 twenty 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.

Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time -- the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough and John Helyar's gripping account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 is the story of deal makers and publicity flaks, of strategy meetings and society dinners, of boardrooms and bedrooms -- giving us not only a detailed look at how financial operations at the highest levels are conducted but also a richly textured social history of wealth at the twilight of the Reagan era.

Barbarians at the Gate -- a business narrative classic -- is must reading for everyone interested in the way today's world really works.

& Taylor

Recounts the twenty-five billion dollar battle for control of RJR Nabisco, reputedly the largest takeover in Wall Street history
Recounts the twenty-five-billion-dollar battle for control of RJR Nabisco--reputedly the largest takeover in Wall Street history--providing unvarnished portraits of the players involved

Publisher: New York : PerfectBound, 2003
ISBN: 0060723300
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
Additional Contributors: Helyar, John 1951-
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May 18, 2013
  • slarsenbc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great coverage of how these big business deals go down. Happened long ago, but funny how current it all seems. Skip the movie - the book is 10 times better.

Oct 16, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am sure you are rolling your eyes at a five star rating for a book on a leveraged buyout, but this book is porn for the Investment Banking/M&A crowd. If you want to get a great look at one of the largest most publicized LBOs of the 20th century than this is your window. I feel it is especially important to read this book if you feel that you want to enter the industry. It covers all of the participants in the RJR Nabisco buyout. From beginning to end it is informative and rather entertaining. It explains the different financing vehicles being used to purchase the company, why the deal was so lucrative and why it was viable for some and not others. There are many forces at work when deals like this go down and the book gives a pretty complete picture as to what happened and why. Everyone on Wall Street seemed to want their piece of this deal including KKR, Shearson Lehman, Skadden Arps, Forstmann and many more. If Investment Banking courses through your veins and you want to learn about the “art of the deal” then this is your book.

May 02, 2010
  • mhyde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I've ever read - literally could not put it down. It reads like a thriller novel. All the characters seem to jump off the pages. If you have any interest in Wall Street scheming and shenanigans, or finance and investing in general, this book is a must read.


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