Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All (Wall Street Journal Book)

Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All (Wall Street Journal Book) by Monica Langley 0743247264 9780743247269
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He is one of the worlds most accomplished figures of modern finance. As chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup, Sanford Sandy Weill has become an American legend, a banking visionary whose innovativeness, opportunism, and even fear drove him from the lowliest jobs on Wall Street to its most commanding heights. In this unprecedented biography, acclaimedWall Street Journalreporter Monica Langley provides a compelling account of Weills rise to power. What emerges is a portrait of a man who is as vital and as volatile as the market itself.Tearing Down the Wallstells the riveting inside story of how a Jewish boy from Brooklyns back alleys overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudices to transform the financial-services industry as we know it today. Using nearly five hundred firsthand interviews with key players in Weills life and career -- including Weill himself -- Langley brilliantly chronicles not only his success and scandals but also the shadows of his hidden self: his fathers abandonment and his loving marriage; his tyrannical rages as well as his tearful regrets; his fierce sense of loyalty and his ruthless elimination of potential rivals. By highlighting in new and startling detail one mans life in a narrative as richly textured and compelling as a novel,Tearing Down the Wallsprovides the historical context of the dramatic changes not only in business but also in American society in the last half century.

Author: Monica Langley

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 480

Publisher: Free Press

Publication Date: 2004-05-03


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