Barbarians at the Gate

  • by Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by John Helyar
  • 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Barbarians at the Gate has been called one of the most influential business books of all time, the definitive account of the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Bryan Burrough's and John Helyer's account of the frenzy that overtook Wall Street in October and November of 1988 is the story of dealmakers and publicity flaks, of strategy meetings and society dinners, of boardrooms and balls. It gives us not only a detailed look at financial operations at the highest levels but a richly textured social history of wealth in the twilight of the Reagan era.


What the Critics Say

"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great book, not so great audiobook

The book has lost a lot in transcription, the original is far too heavily abridged. It is too linear, and has lost a lot of its journalistic depth. The book itself, however, is an absolute must.
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- Cheimon

A little too brief

I have read the full book at least three times. This was a good abridgment but not perfect. The personalities never really got developed completely and the stories that really demonstrated Ross Johnson's extravagance (the dog at the golf tournament) didn't make the cut. If you have read the book you will enjoy this version.
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- Lynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio