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Bryan Burrough

Barbarians at the Gate

by Bryan Burrough

Barbarians at the Gate

Bryan Burrough

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Barbarians at the Gate shows you how not to run a business and reveals the shocking greed of corporate America in the 1980s by telling the story of the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco.

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Barbarians at the Gate

by Bryan Burrough

Barbarians at the Gate

Bryan Burrough

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Have you ever heard of the term 'yuppie'? It's a term that refers to people in the 1980s who were wealthy and flaunted it. They went to great lengths just to keep up their luxurious lifestyle and of course the appearance of such.

The epitome of what it meant to be a yuppie was the CEO of RJR Nabisco, Ross Johnson. You'll learn of his story in Bryan Burrough's Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. This book will also teach you all about what a leveraged buyout is and the sinister mechanisms behind it.

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