Welcome to Our Conglomerate-You're Fired!
By Isadore Barmash
2003/03 - Beard Books
1587981734 - Paperback - Reprint - 252 pp.

The inside story of business takeovers and the circus that ensues in the merger field.

Publisher Comments

Categories: Banking & Finance

Of Interest:

A Not-So-Tender Offer

Board Games: The Changing Shape of Corporate Power

Dangerous Pursuits: Mergers and Acquisitions in the Age of Wall Street

Leveraged Management Buyouts

Macy's for Sale

Managing the Merger: Making It Work

Megamergers: Corporate America's Billion-Dollar Takeovers

Merger: The Exclusive Inside Story of the Bendix-Martin Marietta Takeover War

Takeover: The New Wall Street Warriors: The Men, the Money, the Impact

Taking America: How We Got from the First Hostile Takeover to Megamergers, Corporate Raiding and Scandal

The Corporate Merger

The General Mills/Parker Brothers Merger: Playing by Different Rules

The Human Side of Mergers and Acquisitions: Managing Collisions Between People, Cultures, and Organizations

The ITT Wars: An Insider's View of Hostile Takeovers

The Liquidation/Merger Alternative

The Titans of Takeover

Transnational Mergers and Acquisitions in the United States

A lively and informative account of the most important and dynamic trend in business in the 60s and 70s: corporate mergers. Special attention is given to intrigues, deals, and methods that precede and accompany such mergers and to what happens to the executive personnel of the company that is absorbed. The book is peopled with salty and piquant characters who vie for interest with such real-life merger masters as Howard Hughes, Harold Geneen, and Norton Simon, among others.

Mr. Barmash brings style and wit to this well-researched view of the conglomerate phenomenon. He has written a book that informs and entertains in a highly readable manner. 

From Amazon.Com:

This is a reprint of a previously published work. It is an account of corporate mergers--the most important and dynamic trend when this book was written. Special emphasis is placed on intrigues, deals, and methods that precede and accompany such mergers.

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:

  Preface xi
1. An Early Note on a Late-Hour Concept 1
2. Mergeritis: An Infection Accompanied by Chills, Hot Flashes and Paradoxes 11
3. Where Were You When They Got That Urge to Merge? 26
4. Who Built These Corporate Battlewagons?  And the Pile Drivers That Drove Them 35
5. Marriages, Corporate Style 48
6. Egomania, Money Mania, Merger Mania--How They Work 58
7. Seven Categories of Shenanigans 71
8. Trying to Live as One 86
9. The People Crunch: The Grating, Not the Grateful, Life 99
10. The Paper Wonderland 114
11. From Howard Hughes to Dr. Hammer: The Top 25 Merger-Masters 124
12. "We Got Sucked in by Our Own Publicity" 155
13. "---Psst, Have I Got a Company for Your!" 165
14. The Never-Never and the Hardly-Ever Mergers 184
15. The Big Blast and the Big Scowl from Washington 200
16. The Shape of the Future 219
Glossary of Business and Financial Terms 233

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