This business classic written by long-time New Yorker contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging you-are-there look into corporate and financial life in America, and now having been re-released in digital format, you can experience the enchanting tales on the ‘small screen’.
From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, 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 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’ 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.
This book makes you feel as though you’re sitting at the knee of your 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.
Every chapter gives a view on equally fascinating subjects which round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.
The early printings of this book are impossible to find. Therefore, Mr Buffet & Gates have come forth to reveal this lost treasure providing lessons from our past, and hopefully will instil a new (but old) way of thinking about how to seek and invest in top businesses. Reading this book changes the perspective on investing, and it is definitely worth the read if you plan to invest in the stock market.
John Brooks’ perspective is firmly rooted in the past, when the book was written and provides readers opportunity for a sense of omniscience since we can consider ramifications the author himself could not be aware of, at that time.
Times may change but the essence remains exactly the same.
“More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published—Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street remains the best business book I’ve ever read . . . Brooks’s deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.” —Bill Gates, The Wall Street Journal
“The prose is superb. Reading Brooks is a supreme pleasure. His writing turns potentially eye-glazing topics (e.g., price-fixing scandals in the industrial electronics market) into rollicking narratives. He’s also funny. . . . He tells entertaining stories replete with richly drawn characters, setting them during heightened moments within the world of commerce.” —Slate
|First published||August 14th 2014|
|Publisher||Littlehampton Book Services Ltd|