Business Adventures

Business Adventures

Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street

eBook - 2014
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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 General Electric 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. Longtime New Yorker contributor 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media, 2014.
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Bill Gates: "Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: 'It’s Business Adventures, by John Brooks,' he said. 'I’ll send you my copy.' I was intrigued: I had never heard of Business Adventures or Jo... Read More »


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Akrasia
May 05, 2019

Disappointed. Not sure why Bill Gates and Warren Buffett recommend this as the best business book. It's not a bad book, but it's somewhat dated and most of the stories are generally not of much value in terms of practical application. My favorite chapter was ch. 9 on David Lilienthal.

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6675tap
Nov 12, 2014

Just finished this one yesterday, when I read the final chapter. The author feigned objectivity well, even when writing about America's governmental banking cartel. Still, he was a common Progressive in the sense that he encouraged readers to believe that a bird in the hand is worth just about the same as a bird in the bush.

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