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Barbarians at the Gate

The Fall of RJR Nabisco

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“One of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980’s.” —New York Times Book Review

A #1 New York Times bestseller and arguably the best business narrative ever written, Barbarians at the Gate is the classic account of the fall of RJR Nabisco. An enduring masterpiece of investigative journalism by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, it includes a new afterword by the authors that brings this remarkable story of greed and double-dealings up to date twenty years after the famed deal. The Los Angeles Times calls Barbarians at the Gate, “Superlative.” The Chicago Tribune raves, “It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account.” And in an era of spectacular business crashes and federal bailouts, it still stands as a valuable cautionary tale that must be heeded.

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Bryan Burrough

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Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and the author of five books.

John Helyar

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John Helyar is a columnist for Bloomberg News. He previously wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and ESPN, and is the author of Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball.


“A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

“It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account” —Chicago Tribune

“Impressive qualities... delicious scenes... a cinematic yet extraordinarily careful book.” —Ken Auletta, New York Daily News

“The fascinating inside story of the largest corporate takeover in American history… It reads like a novel.” —Today Show

“The most piercing and compelling narrative of a deal to date.” —Boston Globe