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  • Business Adventures

  • Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
  • By: John Brooks
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Summary

From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion 12 classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.

Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform listeners... Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.

©2014 John Brooks (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Golden

I decided to listen to this having read that Gates and Buffet rated it highly. Although occasionally it shows its age, for the most part it really is pure gold.

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Top 10 book in Finance

A 'must read' for any aspiring finance professional... Should be included in the curriculum of an MBA course !

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Great audio on companies, value and shares

Great audio on companies, value, stocks and shares. Lots of great stories to listen to. Lots of great learning points. The book is a good few decades old now but the themes are still relevant today. Would recommend a listen.

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Eye Opener

Good recap for lessons learned & remain vigil in the future. A must read for caution when exploring in the future

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Great book with a lot of insight

The book demands attention. there a lots of subtle remarks. Overall I enjoyed the book and what it had to offer

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Found out it's Warrens and Bills favorite bus book

Not that my opinion matters much on business it was a joy to find out that this was their number 1 favorite book on business and it's also mine it's amazing to think someone was able to put together a book from such a wide range of places. Must read!

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Business in context 20th century

What I find astounding about this book is the way many stories bring to life business in the mid 20th century ... success and failure are presented ... collectively the stories illustrate that while some things change others always remain the same.

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Stories of 12 business Situations

dry, raspy voice - business like. helps you understand how businesses operated long time ago. interesting. some may feel too ancient and out of context

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Hard going

I like business and I like back stories. This should be a gem but boy is it tedious! Sorry but it is. Maybe a bit too much repetition. Stories could have been shorter but seem to get bogged down in detail and endless repetition. Sorry I feel quite drained trying to read it! Maybe it’s me and I’m just not smart enough but someone edit it to about 50% of its volume and if would be excellent

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Best lunchtime listening.

l enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator, Johnny Heller's voice was really interesting with enough intonation to make you feel like you were actually sitting across from the author John Brooks at the dinner table listening to him tell his story.

I didn't know that's the history of Wall Street could be so fascinating.

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