When the bull market turned to bust and the applause turned to cat-calls, the world was shocked at the truth. Drenched in money and public acclaim, our CEO-heroes, mostly white, mostly male, mostly middle-aged, turned out to be not much different than a group of twenty-something rock stars: drunk on power and driven by sex, geed, and glamour.
Testosterone Inc. goes behind the boardroom doors to show the serial affairs and marriages of these acquisitive corporate titans. At the center of this story is Jack Welch, the biggest of America's rock star CEOs and the former head of General Electric Co., surrounded by "mini-me" CEOs Ron Perelman of Revlon, Al Dunlap of Sunbeam, and Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco, all gone wild in public displays of consumption and predatory appetites writ large.
Frequently hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, Testosterone Inc. follows the intertwined lives of these four corporate heroes, from childhood to their ultimate moments of glory and the crash-and-burn calamities that followed, as man's age-old hunger for power, greed, and temptation undid them all. From suicide to murder, from dysfunctional childhoods to dysfunctional marriages in adulthood, from business chutzpah to financial suicide, here is the ultimate untold business story of our time: what went on at century's end, when testosterone got the best of businessmen everywhere, and CEOs went wild.
©2005 Christopher Byron; (P)2005 Penton Overseas, Inc.
"Irresistible, wonderfully well written, superbly documented....This book is a fabulous read." (Toronto Globe & Mail)
Another "I know the real truth" books with very little substance. It is the kind of truth you will find in the gossip media. The writer has very little respect for the 3 businessleaders he is writing about, which is ok, he is entiteled to his own opinion. But as the book progresses the lack of respect turns into insults, which is a shame because it changes the book from being critical to being nasty. To be fair, he also gives the subjects some recognition for their skills and the results they have acomplished. This is not a good book and i cannot recommend to anybody else.
I was expecting some sort of story on the rise and fall of some business titans - and perhaps the writers thoughts on why they developed such bad habits. I quit listening after 20 minutes. The writer had some idea that because men have huge amounts of testosterone and some connection with their mother's way of upbringing that these guys develop the need to use women. Not much of a business book. So after 20 minutes I got tired of constantly hearing about testosterone levels and turned it off.
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