Predator's Ball

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 2, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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An insightful portrait of junk-bond powerhouse Drexel Burnham Lambert and infamous financier Michael Milken, “one of the most brilliant minds ever to have been dedicated to Wall Street's money games.” (The New York Times).

Milken is purported to have offered to pay award-winning journalist Connie Bruck to stop work on this book, the fascinating story of how a singularly brilliant and intensely private investment banker essentially masterminded the creation of the junk bond market, generating billions of dollars in profits for his clients and himself before ultimately being brought down by charges of insider trading, stock manipulation, and fraud under the RICO Act. Bruck’s in-depth narration of the phenomenal career of the man nicknamed “the Junk Bond King” spans Milken’s early dealings in high-yield bonds as well as numerous corporate raids and hostile takeovers guided by tactics that were undoubtedly revolutionary, if sometimes unethical—and occasionally outright illegal. Standing alongside other blockbuster tales of business malfeasance such as Liar’s Poker and Too Big to Fail, The Predators’ Ball is a shocking, bemusing, and enlightening portrait of an era when it seemed anything was possible on Wall Street—as long as Michael Milken was in your Rolodex.
 

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

This was an interesting time in history and the book describes the players and situations in great detail. Not nearly as interesting as I would have liked. I'm not sure why this is a New Classic. Read full review

Contents

The Miners Headlamp
Transformation
Merge With Mike
The Cloister at Wilshire and Rodeo
The Air Fund
TriangleNational Can Kingrnaker
IcahnTWA From Greenmailer to ManagerOwner
Pantry PrideRevlon The Crucial Campaign
Drexel is like a god
Proven ProphetSo
Millens Money Machine
Sovereign Privileges
Boesly
The Humbling
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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Connie Bruck has been a staff writer at "The New Yorker since 1989; she frequently writes about business and politics. In 1996, her profile of Newt Gingrich won the National Magazine Award for reporting, her second. Bruck is the author of "Master of the Game and "The Predators' Ball. She lives in Los Angeles.

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