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|Author||: Sujeet Indap,Max Frumes|
|Editor||: Diversion Books|
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.
|Author||: Sujeet Indap,Max Frumes|
|Editor||: Diversion Books|
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.
|Author||: Michael Moss|
|Editor||: Doubleday Books|
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
|Author||: Emma Southon|
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.
|Author||: Tom Holland|
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.
|Author||: Alan S. Blinder|
|Editor||: Penguin Group USA|
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.
|Author||: Evan L. Jones|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
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.
|Author||: Jim Ratcliffe,Ursula Heath|
|Editor||: Biteback Publishing|
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.
|Author||: Julie MacIntosh|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
How the King of Beers collapsed without a fight and what itmeans for America's place in the post-Recession world How did InBev, a Belgian company controlled by Brazilians, takeover one of America's most beloved brands with scarcely a whimperof opposition? Chalk it up to perfect timing—and someunexpected help from powerful members of the Busch dynasty, thevery family that had run the company for more than a century. InDethroning the King, Julie MacIntosh, the award-winningfinancial journalist who led coverage of the takeover for theFinancial Times, details how the drama that unfolded atAnheuser-Busch in 2008 went largely unreported as the world tumbledinto a global economic crisis second only to the Great Depression.Today, as the dust settles, questions are being asked about how the"King of Beers" was so easily captured by a foreign corporation,and whether the company's fall mirrors America's dwindlingfinancial and political dominance as a nation. Discusses how the takeover of Anheuser-Busch will be seen as adefining moment in U.S. business history Reveals the critical missteps taken by the Busch family and theAnheuser-Busch board Argues that Anheuser-Busch had a chance to save itself fromInBev's clutches, but infighting and dysfunctionality behind thescenes forced it to capitulate From America's heartland to the European continent to Brazil,Dethroning the King is the ultimate corporate caper and afascinating case study that's both wide reaching and profound.
|Author||: James B. Stewart|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
A #1 bestseller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice. Pulitzer Prize–winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the eighties’ biggest names on Wall Street—Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine —created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions, until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America’s most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice. Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this paperback edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative—a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.
|Author||: Stephen L. Weiss|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
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.
|Author||: Ron Chernow|
|Editor||: Head of Zeus Ltd|
A story of brilliant achievement, dazzling personalities and human frailty set against the dark background of European racism and paranoia. The Warburgs were bankers, patrons of the arts, scholars, socialites, philanthropists and politicians. This Jewish family from Westphalia became a German success story, and embraced German culture with a passion: they loved the art, music and literature of their country and never wavered from their patriotic identification with their homeland. They advised a German Kaiser;their American cousins advised two presidents. Their investment bank still exists and is one of the oldest in the world. The Warburgs endowed libraries, built mansions and collected paintings. But in 1933 the family became a prime target of the Nazis and the world they knew came crashing down.
|Author||: Igor Tulchinsky|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
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.
|Author||: Mattan Griffel,Daniel Guetta|
|Editor||: Columbia University Press|
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.
|Author||: Peter J Merrick|
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.
|Author||: Emme Muñiz|
|Editor||: Crown Books for Young Readers|
The everyday power of prayer comes to life in this inspirational picture book written by twelve-year-old budding singer Emme Muñiz. We all have moments every day where we can use a little help. Some are small, like waking up for school or getting along with a sibling. Others are big, like helping to save the planet and all its creatures—especially sloths! But asking God for help always brings us the strength to get through anything. Emme Muñiz shares her own daily prayers to offer families a way to embrace the peace and power of everyday faith.
|Author||: Connie Bruck|
|Editor||: Simon & Schuster|
“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?
|Author||: Tom Holland|
Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon—his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic—with Dynasty, a luridly fascinating history of the reign of the first five Roman emperors. Dynasty continues Rubicon's story, opening where that book ended: with the murder of Julius Caesar. This is the period of the first and perhaps greatest Roman Emperors and it's a colorful story of rule and ruination, running from the rise of Augustus through to the death of Nero. Holland's expansive history also has distinct shades of I Claudius, with five wonderfully vivid (and in three cases, thoroughly depraved) Emperors—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero—featured, along with numerous fascinating secondary characters. Intrigue, murder, naked ambition and treachery, greed, gluttony, lust, incest, pageantry, decadence—the tale of these five Caesars continues to cast a mesmerizing spell across the millennia.
|Author||: Jacquie McNish|
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.