Chapter 1 The Temple of Dendur Chapter 2 WASPs, Jews, and M&A Chapter 3 The Hellfire Club Chapter 4 The Land of the Screamers Chapter 5 The Size of Their Toys Chapter 6 The Visit of the British Company Man Chapter 7 Rubber Phobia Chapter 8 The Guns of Aqaba Chapter 9 Erectile Dysfunction Chapter 10 A Bondian Death Ray Chapter 11 Up, Up, and Away! Chapter 12 The Beggar's Purse Chapter 13 Foul Dust Chapter 14 Fat Man and Little Boy Chapter 15 A Big Bloody Outcry Chapter 16 Orion and the Wolves Chapter 17 The Heart of Hollywood Chapter 18 Icarus Falling Chapter 19 Birds of America Chapter 20 Return to the Temple Notes Index
John Weir Close is an award-winning journalist who has been covering mergers and acquisitions for decades. He is the editor and founder of The M&A Journal where he's covered all of the major transactions and has profiled all of the big players. He is also a former editor at The American Lawyer where he worked for ten years; there he was in charge of two monthly magazines, one on M&A and one aimed at in-house law departments. Close started his career in Saudi Arabia as a stringer for the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal and an editor at Jeddah's The Arab News. He then became a corporate lawyer and worked in M&A on Wall Street for four years. He's been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, The Observer, The American Lawyer, Corporate Control Alert, and Corporate Counsel. He lives in Park Hill, Yonkers, New York.
'Not only does this intriguing book bring to life the real Gordon Gekkos of the world but it also puts their actions and achievements into a global financial context...detailed and lively' - Economist Intelligence Unit 'an entertaining history of the American merger-and-acquisition scene since the mid-1980s...the outsized personalities, and the way they behaved, make for eminently readable stories' - The Economist