The Caesars Palace Coup

The Caesars Palace Coup
Author: Sujeet Indap,Max Frumes
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781635766769
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Release: 2021-03-16
Editor: Diversion Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the Vegas Strip to Wall Street boardrooms and Federal courts, modern corporate titans collide in this explosive true story of how private equity firm Apollo Global Management's thirty-billion-dollar buyout of Caesars Entertainment turned into unprecedented bankruptcy of the gaming empire. In the bestselling tradition of Michael Lewis's The Big Short and Ben Mezrich’s Bringing Down the House, journalists Max Frumes and Sujeet Indap deliver a page-turning account of the spectacular 2015 bankruptcy of America’s biggest gaming empire, Caesars Entertainment. Backdropping this thrilleresque narrative are the jokers, kings, and called bluffs at the center of the modern distressed-debt-investing world. Distressed-debt investing, dubbed “vulture investing” in its infancy, is the buying of debt of struggling corporations, institutions, and even cities or countries—and making a windfall profit on a turnaround. In covering the extraordinary Caesars case, The Caesars Palace Coup presents a riches-to-rags adventure unlike any other as it appraises the battling billionaires who held the cards in 2008's leveraged buyout. This wild coup’s scope spans courtrooms, levels of government, academic halls, and ultimately involves an entire corrupt system of liar’s poker. Readers will discover just how rivetingly sophisticated—and underhanded—the high-stakes finance battleground has become. Authors Frumes and Indap, experienced business journalists, illuminate the major players and businesspeople at the tipping points of almost every major vulture’s turnaround in recent history. The Caesars Palace Coup reveals the cut-throat, multilevel competition enacted by powerful investors used to getting their own way. And goes one step further to consider the devastating, true impact of the upheaval wrought by their actions. It’s a treacherous game. Roll the dice.

Palace Coup

Palace Coup
Author: Sujeet Indap,Max Frumes
Pages: 288
ISBN: 163576677X
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Release: 2020-10-06
Editor: Diversion Books
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Modern corporate titans collide in this explosive true story of how private equity firm Apollo Global Management's thirty-billion-dollar buyout of Caesars Entertainment turned into unprecedented bankruptcy of the gaming empire. In the bestselling tradition of Michael Lewis's The Big Short and Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House, journalists Max Frumes and Sujeet Indap deliver a page-turning account of the spectacular 2015 bankruptcy of America's biggest gaming empire, Caesars Entertainment. Backdropping this thrilleresque narrative are the jokers, kings, and called bluffs at the center of the modern distressed-debt-investing world. Distressed-debt investing, dubbed "vulture investing" in its infancy, is the buying of debt of struggling corporations, institutions, and even cities or countries--and making a windfall profit on a turnaround. In covering the extraordinary Caesars case, Palace Coup presents an unforgettable depiction of a riches-to-rags adventure unlike any other as it appraises the battling billionaires who held the cards in 2008's leveraged buyout. This wild coup's scope spans courtrooms, levels of government, academic halls, and ultimately involves an entire corrupt system of liar's poker. Readers will discover just how rivetingly sophisticated--and underhanded--the high-stakes finance battleground has become. Authors Frumes and Indap, experienced business journalists, illuminate the major players and businesspeople at the tipping points of almost every major vulture's turnaround in recent history. Palace Coup reveals the cut-throat, multilevel competition enacted by powerful investors used to getting their own way. And goes one step further to consider the devastating, true impact of the upheaval wrought by their actions. It's a treacherous game. Roll the dice.

Palace Coup

Palace Coup
Author: Michael Moss
Pages: 346
ISBN: 038524973X
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Release: 1989
Editor: Doubleday Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Traces the real estate and development deals by which the Helmsleys built their lucrative hotel empire and charts the charges of tax evasion and extortion faced by the Helmsleys

Cable Cowboy

Cable Cowboy
Author: Mark Robichaux
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780471434320
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Release: 2002-10-31
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An inside look at a cable titan and his industry John Malone, hailed as one of the great unsung heroes of our age bysome and reviled by others as a ruthless robber baron, is revealedas a bit of both in Cable Cowboy. For more than twenty-five years,Malone has dominated the cable television industry, shaping theworld of entertainment and communications, first with his cablecompany TCI and later with Liberty Media. Written with Malone'sunprecedented cooperation, the engaging narrative brings thiscontroversial capitalist and businessman to life. Cable Cowboy isat once a penetrating portrait of Malone's complex persona, and acaptivating history of the cable TV industry. Told in a livelystyle with exclusive details, the book shows how an unassumingcopper strand started as a backwoods antenna service and became thedigital nervous system of the U.S., an evolution that gave U.S.consumers the fastest route to the Internet. Cable Cowboy revealsthe forces that propelled this pioneer to such great heights, andcaptures the immovable conviction and quicksilver mind that havedefined John Malone throughout his career.

A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Author: Emma Southon
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781647002329
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Release: 2021-03-09
Editor: Abrams
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An entertaining and informative look at the unique culture of crime, punishment, and killing in Ancient Rome In Ancient Rome, all the best stories have one thing in common—murder. Romulus killed Remus to found the city, Caesar was assassinated to save the Republic. Caligula was butchered in the theater, Claudius was poisoned at dinner, and Galba was beheaded in the Forum. In one 50-year period, 26 emperors were murdered. But what did killing mean in a city where gladiators fought to the death to sate a crowd? In A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Emma Southon examines a trove of real-life homicides from Roman history to explore Roman culture, including how perpetrator, victim, and the act itself were regarded by ordinary people. Inside Ancient Rome's darkly fascinating history, we see how the Romans viewed life, death, and what it means to be human.

Rubicon

Rubicon
Author: Tom Holland
Pages: 464
ISBN: 030742751X
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A vivid historical account of the social world of Rome as it moved from republic to empire. In 49 B.C., the seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war. Tom Holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire. From Cicero, Spartacus, and Brutus, to Cleopatra, Virgil, and Augustus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, decadence and catastrophe, intrigue, war, and world-shaking ambition.

Dynasty

Dynasty
Author: Tom Holland
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780748127894
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Release: 2015-09-03
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. 'Augustus,' their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon, Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

Hedgehogging

Hedgehogging
Author: Barton Biggs
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1118044819
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Release: 2011-01-11
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rare is the opportunity to chat with a legendary financial figure and hear the unvarnished truth about what really goes on behind the scenes. Hedgehogging represents just such an opportunity, allowing you to step inside the world of Wall Street with Barton Biggs as he discusses investing in general, hedge funds in particular, and how he has learned to find and profit from the best moneymaking opportunities in an eat-what-you-kill, cutthroat investment world.

After the Music Stopped

After the Music Stopped
Author: Alan S. Blinder
Pages: 504
ISBN: 9780143124481
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Release: 2013
Editor: Penguin Group USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Assesses the U.S. financial crisis and its lessons, exploring its contributing factors while revealing its more devastating but lesser-known consequences and outlining potentially divisive solutions that may be necessary for recovery.

Active Investing in the Age of Disruption

Active Investing in the Age of Disruption
Author: Evan L. Jones
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781119688129
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Release: 2020-04-09
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Outperforming the market—or “alpha creation” as it’s sometimes called—is very possible with the proper investment discipline and methodologies. But the market-beating strategies that will work today are not the same as those that worked in the past. Central bank intervention and the accelerated pace of technology have caused an increase in the disruption of traditional business models across many industries. These industry paradigm shifts combined with macro-driven financial markets have created one of the toughest environments for active investment managers in history. Active Investing in the Age of Disruption details the disruptive forces in the market today and how to navigate them to outperform. This book discusses winning equity investment strategies with lofty goals of alpha creation. Understanding the limits and potential of each unique investment methodology and portfolio strategy will allow you to generate higher returns. Even when your luck runs out or the market works against you, the ideas and disciplined approach in this book will keep you one step ahead of the market. · Understand the disruptive forces affecting the market today · Discover equity investment strategies uniquely targeting alpha generation—beating the market · Understand which features of active investing need to be implemented and stressed from a risk perspective to outperform the market · Learn which previously solid investment tenets may no longer hold true in the age of market disruption · Hone the craft of active investing—identify markets with the greatest profit potential, hedge against strategy limitations, and more It has been a very tough decade for active investment managers, but this book will inspire you to think differently about risks and opportunity. A deeper understanding of the forces affecting the market and a commitment to refining your investment process using the techniques in this book will help you step across the margin of error between under and outperforming.

The Alchemists

The Alchemists
Author: Jim Ratcliffe,Ursula Heath
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781785904158
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Release: 2018-06-18
Editor: Biteback Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the world’s top 40 manufacturing companies, one of the largest global petrochemicals producers and the biggest private company in the UK, INEOS has risen to prominence over the past twenty years led by three unassuming northern grammar school boys: majority owner Jim Ratcliffe and his business partners Andy Currie and John Reece. The company’s prolific growth and unlikely success have reshaped the industry, though its first two decades have been punctuated by close calls and hard lessons, as well as unprecedented highs. As they celebrate the company’s twentieth anniversary and continued evolution, Ratcliffe and his management team have opened up on the major junctions of the INEOS journey, and their insights into business and manufacturing today.

Man Down

Man Down
Author: Dan Abrams
Pages: 144
ISBN: 0810998297
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Release: 2011-03-01
Editor: Abrams Image
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, everyone is familiar with the tired clichés: women are bad drivers and are not good with money; only guys play video games and they give bad directions. Dan Abrams tackles the toughest case of his career in Man Down. Drawing on years of legal experience and research studies, Abrams explains step-by-step why women are better than men in just about every way imaginable, from managing money to flying planes to living longer. Abrams uses his trademark charm to get his point across without opining on the issue himself. Chock-full of fun facts and conversation starters, this book may not end the debate of men versus women, but it will definitely make it more interesting. Praise for Man Down: "a provocative collection of bite-size pro-women essays" -Wall Street Journal "compelling, controversial" -Glamour "I've always liked Dan Abrams. And now that he's charmingly admitted what we all knew anyway, I like him even more!" -Liz Smith

The Billion Dollar Mistake

The Billion Dollar Mistake
Author: Stephen L. Weiss
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780470572641
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Release: 2009-10-30
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Important investment lessons gleaned from the mistakes of accomplished professional investors and billionaire businessmen The Billion Dollar Mistake is an up-close account of the career-defining mistakes that some of the world's most brilliant billionaire investors have made, and a revealing look at what we can learn from them. Drawing on author Stephen Weiss' twenty-two years experience at some of Wall Street's most prestigious firms, the core of this book is based upon original research and interviews with these legendary investors, who discuss the most significant trade or investment that went against them, the magnitude of the loss, its effect on their businesses-and on their personal lives. To some, these fascinating accounts will read like a novel; to others, it will be a treasured and unique investment guide. This intriguing book skillfully examines the causal relationship between the quirks of each investor's personality and the mistakes they have committed. Along the way, Weiss provides a series of compelling narrative accounts of the individuals' road to success, the particular mistakes they made, the character flaws that led to them, and the lessons learned. While some investors made errors of judgment, others made errors of perception. The Billion Dollar Mistake Uncovers important lessons learned from the failures of some of the most enduring and accomplished investors, including Kirk Kerkorian, Bill Ackman, Aubrey McClendon and Leon Cooperman Discusses how to incorporate these lessons into your investment discipline and avoid the same missteps Reveals common mistakes made by bigger investors that the average investor can relate-the only difference is in magnitude with more zeros attached to the loss Includes insights on improving your investment endeavors by refining your approach to today's markets Learning from the missteps of the best in the investment business can help you succeed. With The Billion Dollar Mistake, you'll discover how.

Finding Alphas

Finding Alphas
Author: Igor Tulchinsky
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781119057895
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Release: 2015-08-28
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Design more successful trading systems with this practical guideto identifying alphas Finding Alphas seeks to teach you how to do one thing anddo it well: design alphas. Written by experienced practitionersfrom WorldQuant, including its founder and CEO Igor Tulchinsky,this book provides detailed insight into the alchemic art ofgenerating trading signals, and gives you access to the tools youneed to practice and explore. Equally applicable across regions,this practical guide provides you with methods for uncovering thehidden signals in your data. A collection of essays providesdiverse viewpoints to show the similarities, as well as uniqueapproaches, to alpha design, covering a wide variety of topics,ranging from abstract theory to concrete technical aspects. You'lllearn the dos and don'ts of information research, fundamentalanalysis, statistical arbitrage, alpha diversity, and more, andthen delve into more advanced areas and more complex designs. Thecompanion website, ahref="http://www.worldquantchallenge.com/"www.worldquantchallenge.com/a,features alpha examples with formulas and explanations. Further,this book also provides practical guidance for using WorldQuant'sonline simulation tool WebSim® to get hands-on practice inalpha design. Alpha is an algorithm which trades financial securities. Thisbook shows you the ins and outs of alpha design, with key insightfrom experienced practitioners. Learn the seven habits of highly effective quants Understand the key technical aspects of alpha design Use WebSim® to experiment and create more successfulalphas Finding Alphas is the detailed, informative guide youneed to start designing robust, successful alphas.

The Unrules

The Unrules
Author: Igor Tulchinsky
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781119372103
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Release: 2018-09-24
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Learn from a master of quantitative finance the rules that made him a success. The UnRules presents the dynamic rules for success in the age of exponential information. Written by Igor Tulchinsky, the trader behind global quantitative investment management firm WorldQuant, this book is more than just another Big Data guide for financial wonks — it’s a prescriptive, inspirational book for everyone navigating the tidal waves of the information age. Data is everywhere, coming at us in a never-ceasing, ever-rising river that threatens to overwhelm us. Tulchinsky shows us, however, how natural patterns underlie that data — patterns that may dictate life or death, success or failure. The marriage of man and machines has allowed scientists to explore increasingly complex worlds, to predict outcomes and eventualities. This book demonstrates how to exercise real intelligence by discerning the patterns that surround us every day and how to leverage this information into success in the workplace and beyond. Igor Tulchinsky has spent his career discerning meaningful patterns in information. For decades, Tulchinsky has been at the forefront of developing predictive trading algorithms known as alphas — a quest that has led Tulchinsky to explore the nature of markets, the fundamentals of risk and reward, and the science behind complex nonlinear systems. Tulchinsky explains what we know of these systems, both natural and man-made, in accessible and personal terms, and he shares how alphas have driven his success as an investor and shaped his central “UnRule,” which is that no rule applies in every case. As markets evolve, even the most effective trading algorithms weaken over time. Decades of creating successful alphas — and learning how to effectively transform them into strategies — have taught Tulchinsky about the need to combine flexibility and focus, discipline and creativity when building complex models. At a time when data and computing power are exploding exponentially, The UnRules provides an expert introduction to our increasingly quantitative world.

Python for MBAs

Python for MBAs
Author: Mattan Griffel,Daniel Guetta
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780231550574
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Release: 2021-05-04
Editor: Columbia University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the ads that track us to the maps that guide us, the twenty-first century runs on code. The business world is no different. Programming has become one of the fastest-growing topics at business schools around the world. An increasing number of MBAs are choosing to pursue careers in tech. For them and other professionals, having some basic coding knowledge is a must. This book is an introduction to programming with Python for MBA students and others in business positions who need a crash course. One of the most popular programming languages, Python is used for tasks such as building and running websites, data analysis, machine learning, and natural-language processing. Drawing on years of experience providing instruction in this material at Columbia Business School as well as extensive backgrounds in technology, entrepreneurship, and consulting, Mattan Griffel and Daniel Guetta teach the basics of programming from scratch. Beginning with fundamentals such as variables, strings, lists, and functions, they build up to data analytics and practical ways to derive value from large and complex datasets. They focus on business use cases throughout, using the real-world example of a major restaurant chain to offer a concrete look at what Python can do. Written for business students with no previous coding experience and those in business roles that include coding or working with coding teams, Python for MBAs is an indispensable introduction to a versatile and powerful programming language.

The King of Main Street

The King of Main Street
Author: Peter J Merrick
Pages: 282
ISBN: 0995983801
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Release: 2018
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Michael meets Harold in what he thinks is a chance encounter in downtown Chicago, this young, cocky entrepreneur has no inkling of the journey of self-discovery and growth he is about to embark on. This quest occurs over the course of several decades, after Harold takes Michael under his wing. Harold has been crowned "The King of Main Street," a title he has rightfully earned as one of the most successful businessmen to ever walk the earth. Harold instructs his protÉgÉ about the most valuable discoveries, insights and lessons he has learned during his life's journey. In turn, Michael learns what it takes for true success in living, business, mentorship and succession. Harold shows Michael that it is important in life for a man to leave a worthy legacy. But Harold also has much more in store for him than Michael could ever have imagined.

The Predators Ball

The Predators  Ball
Author: Connie Bruck
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781982144265
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Release: 2020-02-04
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Connie Bruck traces the rise of this empire with vivid metaphors and with a smooth command of high finance’s terminology.” —The New York Times “The Predators’ Ball is dirty dancing downtown.” —New York Newsday From bestselling author Connie Bruck, The Predators’ Ball dramatically captures American business history in the making, uncovering the philosophy of greed that dominated Wall Street in the 1980s. During the 1980s, Michael Milken at Drexel Burnham Lambert was the Billionaire Junk Bond King. He invented such things as “the highly confident letter” (“I’m highly confident that I can raise the money you need to buy company X”) and the “blind pool” (“Here’s a billion dollars: let us help you buy a company”), and he financed the biggest corporate raiders—men like Carl Icahn and Ronald Perelman. And then, on September 7, 1988, things changed... The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Milken and Drexel Burnham Lambert with insider trading and stock fraud. Waiting in the wings was the US District Attorney, who wanted to file criminal and racketeering charges. What motivated Milken in his drive for power and money? Did Drexel Burnham Lambert condone the breaking of laws?

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Author: Gabriel García Márquez
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781101911105
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Release: 2014-10-15
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN eBOOK! A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister. Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society--not just a pair of murderers—is put on trial. Gabriel García Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time Cholera, The Autumn Of The Patriarch, The General In His Labyrinth, and News Of A Kidnapping. He died in 2014.

The Big Score

The Big Score
Author: Jacquie McNish
Pages: 356
ISBN: IND:30000062169671
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Release: 1998
Editor: Doubleday
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Voisey's Bay is the site of a massive nickel deposit whose vast potential has riveted the attention of the international business world. The discovery of the deposit in Labrador, the struggles for controlling interest in it, and especially the extraordinary players involved drive this amazing business story, which often reads like a suspense novel. At the centre is Robert Friedland, an ex-hippie and disgraced Vancouver stock promoter, who by sheer luck ended up holding all the cards in a high-stakes poker game that pitted some of the world's most powerful and conservative mining companies against each other. When news of the Voisey's Bay motherlode began to circulate, nickel giants such as Inco and Falconbridge were swept up in the excitement, competing in a series of takeover bids for control of Diamond Fields, the company that controlled the find. It all culminated in Inco's winning $4.3-billion offer, the largest takeover price ever paid for mining property. But was the deal one of the riskiest gambles in business history? From Namibia and Singapore to the boardrooms of Toronto and Vancouver," The Big Score uncovers the big money deals, the power struggles, and the hype in an immaculately researched and compelling drama of international intrigue.