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Business Adventures : Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street - John Brooks

Business Adventures

Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street


Published: 12th August 2014
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From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.

Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.

About the Author

John Brooks (1920-1993) was an award-winning writer best known for his contributions to the "New Yorker" as a financial journalist. He was also the author of ten nonfiction books on business and finance, a number of which were critically acclaimed works examining Wall Street and the corporate world. His books Once in Golconda, The Go-Go Years, and Business Adventures have endured as classics. Although he is remembered primarily for his writings on financial topics, Brooks published three novels and wrote book reviews for "Harper's Magazine" and the "New York Times Book Review. "

'All the work of Michael Lewis comes directly from this.' - New Yorker

'A masterful storyteller ... Brooks's work is a great reminder that the rules for running a strong business and creating value haven't changed. For one thing, there's an essential human factor in every business endeavor. It doesn't matter if you have a perfect product, production plan and marketing pitch; you'll still need the right people to lead and implement those plans.' - Wall Street Journal

'The Michael Lewis of his day.' - New York Times

A supreme pleasure ... Brooks is the direct literary ancestor of Michael Lewis. - Slate

'Brooks ... is about the only writer around who combines a thorough knowledge of finance with the ability to perceive behind the dance of numbers 'high, pure, moral melodrama on the themes of possession, domination, and belonging.' - Time

'Rare pro-business portraiture which will stand up among the best financial journalism.' - Kirkus

'Brooks's great contribution is his synthesis of all the elements that made the 1960s the most volatile in Wall Street history . and making so much material easily digestible for the uninitiated.' - Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 9781473610385
ISBN-10: 1473610389
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 12th August 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1