This is the story of the largest corporate take-over in American history. With a stake of USD25 billion, the battle for the control of RJR Nabisco during October and November 1988 became a symbol of the greed and power-mongering of the eighties. This gripping narrative reveals the truth behind a Wall Street gamble that sent shock waves through the international business world. The rules were simple: Never Pay In Cash; Never Tell The Truth; Never Play By The Rules. 'All the suspense of a first-rate thriller...one of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980s.' New York Times Book Review For their coverage of the RJR Nabisco take-over, Burrough and Helyar received the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.
Bryan Burrough is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York. In 1987 he won the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism. John Helyar worked for the Wall Street Journal for nine years. He is now a senior editor of Southpoint, a business magazine based in Atlanta, Georgia.