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.
Remarkably, it was just two years ago that Enron was thought to epitomize a great New Economy company, with its skyrocketing profits and share price. But that was before Fortune published an article by McLean that asked a seemingly innocent question: How exactly does Enron make money? From that point on, Enron's house of cards began to crumble. Now, McLean and Elkind have investigated much deeper, to offer the definitive book about the Enron scandal and the fascinating people behind it.
Meticulously researched and character driven, Smartest Guys in the Room takes the reader deep into Enron's past—and behind the closed doors of private meetings. Drawing on a wide range of unique sources, the book follows Enron's rise from obscurity to the top of the business world to its disastrous demise. It reveals as never before major characters such as Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andy Fastow, as well as lesser known players like Cliff Baxter and Rebecca Mark. Smartest Guys in the Room is a story of greed, arrogance, and deceit—a microcosm of all that is wrong with American business today. Above all, it's a fascinating human drama that will prove to be the authoritative account of the Enron scandal.
How do the world's most successful traders amass tens,hundreds of millions of dollars a year? Are they masters of anoccult knowledge, lucky winners in a random market lottery,natural-born virtuosi—Mozarts of the markets? In search of ananswer, bestselling author Jack D. Schwager interviewed dozens oftop traders across most financial markets. While their responsesdiffered in the details, all of them could be boiled down to thesame essential formula: solid methodology + proper mental attitude= trading success. In Market Wizards Schwager lets you hear,in their own words, what those super-traders had to say about theirunprecedented successes, and he distils their responses down into aset of guiding principles you can use to become a trading star inyour own right.Features interviews with superstar money-makers including BruceKovner, Richard Dennis, Paul Tudor Jones, Michel Steinhardt, EdSeykota, Marty Schwartz, Tom Baldwin, and moreTells the true stories behind sensational trading coups,including the one about the trader who turned $30,000 into $80million, the hedge fund manager who's averaged 30% returns everyyear for the past twenty-one years, and the T-bond futures traderwho parlayed $25,000 into $2 billion in a single day!
"Market Wizards is one of the most fascinating books everwritten about Wall Street. A few of the 'Wizards' are myfriends—and Jack Schwager has nailed their modus operandi onthe head."
--Martin W. Zweig, Ph.D., Editor, The Zweig Forecast