Payback: The Conspiracy to Destroy Michael Milken and His Financial Revolution

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HarperBusiness, Jan 1, 1995 - Political Science - 332 pages
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According to James Stewart's Den of Thieves, what happened on Wall Street in the '80s was really simple. Due to the crimes of Michael Milken and others, Stewart states: "the ownership of entire corporations changed hands, often forcibly, at a clip never before witnessed", "(h)ousehold names ... vanished in takeovers that spawned criminal activity and violations of the securities laws", "thousands of workers lost their jobs", "profits were sacrificed", and "bondholders and shareholders lost many millions more". "These", he writes, "are the costs of greed coupled with market power". But according to Daniel Fischel, this popular view is completely wrong. In his revolutionary book Payback, Daniel Fischel blows away the conventional wisdom on Michael Milken and the myth of the "decade of greed". Countering the press reports, prosecutors' statements, and denouncements by corporate boards, Fischel shows how Milken's innovative ideas overthrew a generation of inefficient corporate managers and injected a much needed dose of adrenaline into a lethargic Wall Street. Indeed, Fischel argues, Milken himself was wrongly accused and in reality committed no crimes.

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PAYBACK: The Conspiracy to Destroy Michael Milken and the '80s Financial Revolution

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A contrarian view of the much-maligned 1980s, from a University of Chicago economist who remains convinced that the US government was guilty of economic offenses far worse than any committed by the ... Read full review

Payback: the conspiracy to destroy Michael Milken and his financial revolution

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Economist Fischel asserts that Michael Milken and Drexel Burnham Lambert were responsible for an enormous sea change in financial innovation on Wall Street that affected countless corporate ... Read full review


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