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King of Capital
- The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone
- By: John E. Morris, David Carey
- Narrated by: George K. Wilson
- Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
The financial establishment---banks and investment bankers, such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley---were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels, and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.
Great Story Ruined by Monotone Reading
- By Marc on 04-23-13
Too much deal review
Overall a good overview of private equity, specifically the history of Blackstone.
However, this book is a few hours too long due to unnecessary review of deals, buyout values, and other M&A commentary. It feels like it lacks anecdotes of what the people were doing. I get it's necessary to review some deals and buyout values in a book about private equity, but this seemed like overkill and made the book a little dull.
- How to Run a Drug Cartel
- By: Tom Wainwright
- Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
- Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.
Great book, miscast narrator
- By Felipe Alves on 12-15-16
Good book, annoying perf. for Spanish speakers
Content is great, sometimes a bit of a stretch connecting business and cartel worlds. Overall, a good book.
Spanish pronunciation is horrendous and distracting. It just takes away from the book.