"Turn over the reins to the board of directors": First Edition of Barbarians At The Gate; Signed by John Helyar to his Aunt
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco.
Burrough, Bryan and Helyar, John.$975.00
Item Number: 102789
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1990.
First edition of this business classic. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by co-author John Helyar on the half-title page in the month of publication, “To Aunt Winnie, Who will probably wonder how a kid from such a good family got mixed up with this bad crowd, but who I hope will enjoy the book anyway. Love, John 1/19/90.” The recipient was the author’s maternal aunt. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
The ultimate story of greed and glory, Barbarians at the Gate is the gripping account of these two frenzied months, of deal makers and publicity flaks, of an old-line industrial powerhouse that became the victim of the ruthless and rapacious style of finance in the 1980s. "Its hard to imagine a better story and its hard to imagine a better account" (Chicago Tribune). Made into the film directed by Glenn Jordan and written by Larry Gelbart. It stars James Garner as F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco, Jonathan Pryce as Henry Kravis, his chief rival for the company and Fred Thompson as James Robinson III, the CEO of American Express.