What do Dunkin' Donuts, J. Crew, Toys "R" Us, and Burger King have in common? They are all currently or just recently were owned, operated, and controlled by private equity firms.
The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything takes the listener behind the scenes of these firms: their famous billionaire founders, the overlapping stories of their creation and evolution, and the outsized ambitions that led a group of clever bankers from small shops operating in a corner of Wall Street into powerhouse titans of capital. This is the story of the money and the men who handle it.
Go inside the private worlds of founders Henry Kravis, Steve Schwarzman, David Bonderman, and more in The New Tycoons, and discover how these men have transformed the industry and built the some of the most powerful and most secretive houses of money in the world.
Analyzing the founders and the firms at a crucial moment, when they've elevated themselves beyond their already lofty ambitions into the world of public opinion and valuation, New Tycoons looks at one of the most important, yet least examined, trillion-dollar corners of the global economy and what it portends for these new tycoons.
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No. I found the narration to be a little unnatural, as if it was generated by a computer. I have listened to Brett Barry's other sample recordings and found them to be similarly start-stop. Sometimes I wondered if the narrator was actually aware of the sentence structure of what he was speaking, or just saying the words as they appeared on the page without much thought to how they would be spoken in conversation.
Probably not, since I felt that the narration somewhat detracted from the story.
This is not that kind of book!
Again, I just think the narration was dry and digital. I feel bad writing this in case it really was a genuine narration, but I seriously wonder whether it was just narrated by a computer using Brett Barry's voice samples...
As for the book itself; it's interesting and complete enough to build an interesting and engaging story. I would certainly recommend the print book to anyone.
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