Book Reviews of Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Barbarians at the Gate The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Author: Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
ISBN-13: 9780060920388
ISBN-10: 0060920386
Publication Date: 1/1991
Pages: 576
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Perennial (HarperCollins)
Book Type: Paperback
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Compelling.
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Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar.

This tsunami of details in this story of the leveraged buy-out of RJR Nabisco would be mind-numbing if it were not for the sharp anger at the incessant and insatiable greed it highlights.

One feels an eerie sense of déjà vu reading this book. The RJR Nabisco takeover battle was fought in 1988, but the unmitigated (and unregulated) greed on the part of Wall Street seems to only have changed in form, not in magnitude. It borders (then and now) on the obscene.

This book is not for the faint of heart the reader is led step-by-step, moment-by-moment through the byzantine world of leveraged buy outs. Keeping track of names, financial institutions, and esoteric details regarding the Alice in Wonderland nature of the financial world requires constant vigilance. This book is for the dedicated, persistent, or patient reader. Nevertheless, as the basic characters in this drama are interesting, maddening, and full of hubris. Those with an economics/business background will likely find this a telling and important read.
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Quite readable, reads like a mystery.
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Informative and action-packed!
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Interesting look at the goings on of a deal, though most of the time was spent thinking about Ross Johnson (the RJR/Nabisco CEO) than the barbarians themselves.