Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 27, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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He is one of the world's most accomplished figures of modern finance. As chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup, Sanford "Sandy" Weill has become an American legend, a banking visionary whose innovativeness, opportunism, and even fear drove him from the lowliest jobs on Wall Street to its most commanding heights. In this unprecedented biography, acclaimed Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley provides a compelling account of Weill's rise to power. What emerges is a portrait of a man who is as vital and as volatile as the market itself.
Tearing Down the Walls tells the riveting inside story of how a Jewish boy from Brooklyn's back alleys overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudices to transform the financial-services industry as we know it today.
Using nearly five hundred firsthand interviews with key players in Weill's life and career -- including Weill himself -- Langley brilliantly chronicles not only his success and scandals but also the shadows of his hidden self: his father's abandonment and his loving marriage; his tyrannical rages as well as his tearful regrets; his fierce sense of loyalty and his ruthless elimination of potential rivals. By highlighting in new and startling detail one man's life in a narrative as richly textured and compelling as a novel, Tearing Down the Walls provides the historical context of the dramatic changes not only in business but also in American society in the last half century.
  

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Review: Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All

User Review  - M - Goodreads

He did fine by me! Gave a $9,000.00 line of credit on my Citibank card back in 1986!! and I got the letter signed by him to prove it. Lots of haters, but that is the name of the capitalist game. Read full review

Review: Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All

User Review  - Duff - Goodreads

Extremely well-reported chronicle of the rise of Sandy Weill. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
CRASHING THE GATES
7
CORNED BEEF WITH LETTUCE
33
INTO THE WASP NEST
61
EXILE ON PARK AVENUE
90
RIP VAN WINKLE INC
106
BACKWATER MOGUL
125
BRANCHING OUT
145
THE RED UMBRELLA
222
CHOICES
245
THE MOTHER OF ALL DEALS
272
THE HYDRAHEADED MONSTER
295
STALEMATE
324
SHOWDOWN
349
SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION
364
BLINDSIDED
380

FAST JETS GOLDEN PARACHUTES
160
A SPLENDID BALANCE
175
HOMECOMING
197
TAKING COMMAND
398
DOWNSHIFTING
425
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Monica Langley has written for The Wall Street Journal for twelve years. Her investigative reports on a wide array of subjects have regularly appeared on the Journal's front page. Formerly a practicing attorney for eight years, she lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

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