The Chairman Hardcover – 29 March 2005
About the Author
STEPHEN FREY is a managing director at a northern Virginia private equity firm. He previously worked in mergers and acquisitions at J. P. Morgan and as a vice president of corporate finance at an international bank in Manhattan. Frey is also the bestselling author of Shadow Account, Silent Partner, The Day Trader, Trust Fund, The Insider, The Legacy, The Inner Sanctum, The Vulture Fund, and The Takeover.
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (29 March 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345457609
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345457608
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 3.05 x 23.37 cm
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Excellent read. Written by someone who understands how high ...Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2017
Excellent read. Written by someone who understands how high level corporate really works and can weave it into an entertaining novel. Even contains a few worthwile tips for real world management of high achieving protegees.
A Disappointing Financial ThrillerReviewed in India on 13 November 2015
This is a "Financial Thriller". This book is about a private equity firm Everest Capital. The book begins with the death (murder?) of its Chairman Donovan. There are four partners left and they fight for becoming the new chairman. Gillette gets the job after Board of Directors meeting. Other three are jealous. They all conspire against each other. But Gillette is very shrewd. He catches (or conspires to catch?) one of the partners in a compromising position with a woman and fires him. Everest’s main competitor is Apex Capital. There are other players in the book – a Senator (Stockman), a congressman, a security company and its two founders. Stockman announces his candidacy for President of United States and he wants Everest Capital to endorse him and give him. Everest owns a media company. Stockman wants to control this media company. There are too many things going on all around. Everyone wants to screw everyone else. No one can be trusted. It is all about money and control. All women are shown as sexual objects. A new fund is being launched. The Senator Stockman plays the two private equity firms against each other. There is an oil exploration company that is exploring some oil fields in Alaska. They find a huge oil reserve, but the owner does not want anyone to know before IPO and kills the engineer who found the deposit. Anyway, there is too much action including some murders, shootings, bomb explosions etc. While it is a page turner and I had to know what happens in the end, but I did not care for the author's writing style, the characters, their dialogues etc. I thought I have found a new financial thriller writer and will read more of his books. But I don't think that I will.
Good read.Reviewed in Canada on 14 October 2017
An interesting read especially if you ever wonder how the politics of wall street is driven by power and money and certainly not the clients it claims to serve. Entertaining with unpredictable twists and turns.
Can't wait for the next book.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 July 2014
John K Friedman
Don't waste your time.Reviewed in the United States on 27 August 2016
This is drivel of the first order. Even the superlatives have adjectives tacked on them. I got about 10 pages in, gritted my teeth and read another 10 pages before realizing that life is too short to devote any time to this book. I've read some of this author's other work and it's been entertaining. He's no Rex Stout or Tana French. So perhaps this is a "contractual obligation" book, who knows? Just don't waste your time.
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