The Chief Executives
By Isadore Barmash
2004/04 - Beard Books 
1587982285 - Paperback - Reprint - 255 pp.

This provocative book dealing with the chief executive cult in America should be read by anyone interested in the American corporate system and those who run it.

Publisher Comments

Categories: Banking & Finance | Biographies & Memoirs

This title is part of the Business Histories list.

Isadore Barmash, one of the country's most respected business writers, takes a penetrating look into the minds, hearts, consciences, attitudes, and life styles of the CEOs of the 1970s. This surprisingly candid book is based upon extensive research and interviews with influential corporate chiefs, management consultants, and economists. Among others, Reginald Jones of GE, Irving Shapiro of Du Pont, and John de Butts of AT&T offer new insights into management's modus operandi, problems, and their own special public and private worlds.

From Thomas E. Mullaney, former Financial Editor of The New York Times and economic columnist:

Isadore Barmash bored into the mystique surrounding one of the most influential elements of American society -- the chief executive cult in business and industry -- and unveiled a fascinating picture of their power... A provocative book that should be read eagerly by chief executives themselves, by those who aspire to such roles, by students, politicians, psychologists, stockholders, and by anyone at all interested in the working of the American system and those who guide it.

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.

Other Beard Books by Isadore Barmash:

An Introduction 7
1. The Besieging of an American Elite 9
2. In the New Style 34
3. The Web Tightens 48
4. When the Government Comes Knocking 59
5. Many Strident Voices 76
6. Multinationals, Dollars, Payments, Oil and All 91
7. How Good Are American CEOs? 108
8. The 80/20 Syndrome (Or Methuselah's Law, It's as Old as Human Activity) 133
9. Only so Far and No Further 145
10. How Honest Are They? 159
11. Getting There, Poor or Rich 171
12. The Pivotal Crisis 186
13. The Private Company -- Dynasties Without Stockholders 203
14. How They Live 220
15. The Passing of the Imperial Chief Executive 237
Index 249

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