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Publisher's Summary

Jamie Dimon is Wall Street's biggest player. Following the 11th-hour rescue of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan, his profile has reached stratospheric levels. And while the deals and decisions he's made have usually turned out to be the right ones, his journey to the top of the financial world has been anything but easy.

Now, in The House of Dimon, business writer Patricia Crisafulli goes behind the scenes to recount the amazing events that have shaped Dimon's career, including his rise to prominence as Sandy Weill's protégé at Citigroup, only to be fired and denied the top spot; his orchestration of the JPMorgan acquisition of BankOne, a deal that brought Dimon back to Wall Street as CEO of JPMorgan; and the drama surrounding the purchase of Bear Stearns, which helped avert a government bailout, and the strategic acquisition of Washington Mutual.

Through interviews with Dimon, Weill, JPMorgan board members, and colleagues who've known Dimon over the course of his career, you'll gain rare access to one of today's savviest financial figures. Each step of the way, this engaging book provides insider accounts of how Dimon successfully acquired and integrated companies; reorganized underperforming units; created efficiencies; and grew bottom-line results as the consummate hands-on manager.

Most importantly, Crisafulli places Dimon in the context of contemporary Wall Street - an environment that has destroyed several top CEOs and led to the demise of numerous major financial institutions - and shows you how Dimon's management style, ability to inspire outstanding performance, and talent for taking calculated risks have allowed him to excel where many others have failed.

©2009 Patricia Crisafulli; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Anyone who reads Ms. Crisafulli's fiduciary love letter will take away some valuable lessons in running a bank - or, for that matter, a business." (The Wall Street Journal)

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 08-28-16

Intriguing

I remember watching Louis Rukeyser on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser on Public Television. Sandy Weil and Jamie Dimon were frequent guests on the show both as interviews and on discussion panels.

Crisafulli covers Dimon’s work history but provides very little information about his early life or education. The author provides a brief summary of his personal life near the end of the book. It appears that Dimon is one of the few business men that not only has the ability to do strategic planning but also tactical planning and implementation. In other words, he is able to see the big picture but also able to implement the actions and do the daily operation of a business. I found the detailed discussion of his restructure of Bank One most interesting.

The book is well written and the research was meticulous. My only complaint is there was a bit too much repetition. I found the book most interesting and the information about Dimon during the 2008 recession most informative. Patricia Crisafulli is a journalist and the book is written in the manner typical of an investigative journalist.

Suzanne Toren does an excellent job narrating the book and is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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PR puff piece

Repeats the same PR type of info that come from press pieces over and over

I am sure that Jamie Dimon is a interesting man with an interesting life but this did not expose the man, his life or form a complete picture of how he got to be one of the most powerful bankers in the country.

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Disappointed

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who wants a very basic chronology of Dimon's life.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Crisafulli’s story?

I thought it would be more about JP Morgan

Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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  • Fernando
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 05-01-13

Great Book... narration is lacking

What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

The performance was bland and confusing as the narration was changed various times, confusing the listener.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Story OK, Narration, not so much.

Of 156 audio books in my library, this is the first one that I quit listening to almost immediately. On the second try, I got through a few chapters. I really want to learn more about Jamie Dimon. I may give it another go but the first two times I have tried were very painful. Perhaps, I will read it on a Kindle or paper instead.

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  • Dylan
  • 04-16-16

Wholesome, compelling and surprisingly great value

I bought this audiobook as I had already found Jamie Dimon interesting from my own study and idolise him somewhat. However, after listening I can truly say I have gained a great deal of insight into him as well as many areas of finance and family life. excellent read.