"Turn over the reins to the board of directors": First Edition of Barbarians At The Gate; Signed by Co-Author John Helyar

  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco.

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco.


Item Number: 23002

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1990.

First edition of this business classic. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by co-author John Helyar on the half-title page, who has added the poignant last line, “What did all this have to do with doing business? John Helyar.” Fine in a 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. "It’s hard to imagine a better story and it’s 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.

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