Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All
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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Form the start to end it is clear the Monica has put in tremendous effort in collecting information from these busy by second enterpreneur. Sandy's climb, zeal to remain true to the top and his un-deterring will to go on is marvellous and motivating.
Also, it provides a detailed insight on importance of having facts ready, treating every idea with urgency, strategise and take risk to get to a value for life.
I can read this book again and recommend for all those teenagers who would like to have financial education early in life.
CRASHING THE GATES
CORNED BEEF WITH LETTUCE
INTO THE WASP NEST
EXILE ON PARK AVENUE
RIP VAN WINKLE INC
THE RED UMBRELLA
THE MOTHER OF ALL DEALS
THE HYDRAHEADED MONSTER
SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION
FAST JETS GOLDEN PARACHUTES
A SPLENDID BALANCE