Barbarians at the Gate

Barbarians at the Gate

The Fall of RJR Nabisco

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Baker & Taylor
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


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.

Book News
On the exercise of careless greed by Johnson and his gang of adolescents. The barbarians were at the gates of a city of vulgarians. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, [1990]
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780060161729
Branch Call Number: 338.836 Burrough 1990
Characteristics: xvi, 528 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Helyar, John 1951-


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Nov 14, 2018

A thoroughly exciting and action-packed account of the RJR/Nabisco takeover. Starts off a little slow, but begins to pick up immediately and some of the scenes and anecdotes described are hilarious and informative.

May 18, 2013

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.

jlazcan Oct 16, 2011

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

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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