Summary

From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion 12 classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America
What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.
Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform listeners... Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.
©2014 John Brooks (P)2014 Random House Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-05-18

Hard going

I like business and I like back stories. This should be a gem but boy is it tedious! Sorry but it is. Maybe a bit too much repetition. Stories could have been shorter but seem to get bogged down in detail and endless repetition. Sorry I feel quite drained trying to read it! Maybe it’s me and I’m just not smart enough but someone edit it to about 50% of its volume and if would be excellent

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kenny Marshall on 23-03-17

Great audio on companies, value and shares

Great audio on companies, value, stocks and shares. Lots of great stories to listen to. Lots of great learning points. The book is a good few decades old now but the themes are still relevant today. Would recommend a listen.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 31-01-15

Interesting book

I found this book on Bill Gates favorites ever list. I guess it was recommended to him by Warren Buffet. Gates said he read it once in the 70's and again recently and thought the lessons were timeless and applicable. I'm trying to figure out exactly what he saw....😝

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2 out of 5 stars
By Vilhelm on 17-02-15

Old specialities

Old specialities for people with a lot of time available and with historical interest. Could be shortened to 25 % without problems. The Ford marketing mistake is OK.

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