A Not-So-Tender Offer: An Insider's Look at Mergers and
Packed with anecdotes, boardroom intrigue, humor, and plenty of food for thought, this book is both a cogent analysis of mergers and acquisitions and a fascinating page-turner.
Written by Isadore Barmash, an acclaimed writer on the Wall Street scene, this insider's guide gives you an up-close look at the often dramatic, sometimes humorous scenes that take place during mind-boggling megadeals, acquisitions, and "friendly mergers." With expert insight, wry humor, and wit, it chronicles many important megamergers and assesses the impact they have had on corporate performance, the economy, and the millions of employees and shareholders affected by the upheavals.
From the back cover blurb:
... Barmash puts the big picture in sharp relief, revealing the trends behind the events. With penetrating analysis and straightforward style, he discusses the decline of junk bonds and the leveraged buyout and the move away from massive conglomerates of unrelated businesses toward more strategic mergers. Most important, this candid book makes a persuasive case for common sense on the merger and acquisition scene, lest another unchecked escalation in the eat-or-be-eaten merger wars wreaks havoc on the business world once again.
From Publishers Weekly:
Is it possible that the United States could be forced to surrender not to enemy attack or to revolution but to hostile takeover by the world's money barons? Barmash (Welcome to the Conglomerate, You're Fired!) thinks so. In an alarmist prologue, he outlines a scenario wherein an international consortium of investors formed for the purpose of acquisition informs the president that it is already the third-largest owner of American properties after the government and the citizenry and it is now prepared to buy up the rest of the country. The consortium predicts that the American people will not be able to resist its offer. With the new global economy, the concentration of wealth into fewer hands and another wave of mergers under way, the nation itself could be vulnerable. Is there enough money in the world to buy the United States? Barmash says no, but with innovative leveraging, yes. He claims there are banks that would finance such a deal and individuals willing to profit from it. Is Barmash writing fiction? Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc
A Not-So-Tender Offer takes dead aim at merger mania. Armed and loaded with expert insight, wry humor, and candid insider accounts of what really goes on behind the headlines, it looks at the mergers of the past decade and assesses the impact they have had on corporate performance, the economy, and the millions of employee and shareholders affected by the upheavals.
This is a reprint of a previously published work. It deals with an insider's look at mergers and their consequences.
Isadore Barmash, a veteran business journalist and author, was associated with the New York Times for more than a quarter-century as business-financial writer and editor. He also contributed many articles for national media, Reuters America, and the Nikon Keizai Shimbun of Japan. He has published 13 books, including Macy's for Sale and Welcome to Our Conglomerate-You're Fired! He is listed in the 57th edition of Who's Who in America.
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