Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street: The New York Times bestseller Bill Gates calls ‘the best business book I’ve ever read’

August 12, 2019 - Comment

‘The best business book I’ve ever read.’ Bill Gates, Wall Street Journal’The Michael Lewis of his day.’ New York TimesWhat 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

‘The best business book I’ve ever read.’ Bill Gates, Wall Street Journal’The Michael Lewis of his day.’ New York TimesWhat 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. 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 really does repeat itself.This business classic written by longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging look into corporate and financial life in America.

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Anonymous says:

A favourite book of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet I had heard, as I think everyone else has, that Business Adventures was a favourite book of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. I read the ebook, and I understand a print version will be forthcoming in September.This book makes me feel as though I’m sitting at the knee of my grandfather, listening to wise recollections.A writer of articles in the 1950’s and 1960, many for the New Yorker, the author intelligently and thoughtfully steps through 12 events, one per chapter…

Anonymous says:

5 stars if you like the devil in detail Try not to set your expectations too high before reading this book, it’s not going to give you any insight into how to become a billionaire and the use of the word adventures has nothing to do with sex, drugs or rock & roll.The author discusses 12 real stories played out in real time, in great detail, focus in facts rather than conjecture. If you love the devil in the detail like me you should really enjoy this book, otherwise you will get bored.Would love to see an…

Anonymous says:

Read it!! Had a great time reading this book. 2nd chapter didnt particularly interest me but made up with the rest!

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