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Posted August 30, 2004
Packed With Knowledge!
Carly Fiorina is a controversial character who engineered one of the most contentious, notorious mergers in business history. Author George Anders has written a fast-paced, gripping to read, account of Ms. Fiorina's career, Hewlett-Packard's history and the controversial events surrounding the hard-fought merger. His account is quite friendly to Ms. Fiorina, and rarely criticizes her. Anders tilts noticeably against her antagonists, especially the curious Walter B. Hewlett, son of the company's co-founder and philanthropist. He had significant influence over the family foundation, but its fortunes depended on the fate of the company and HP stock. We find this narrative indispensable to understanding the history of the merger. It reveals high-level boardroom politics and maneuvering, and brings alive the breathtaking pace and fiery personalities involved. (And, if you want a contrasting view, a previous book, Backfire, promoted Walter B. Hewlett's side of the controversy.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2003
Balanced & well researched. Bravo!
I found this to be a compelling & fair summary of both the events, & the major players involved, in the HP proxy battle. Anders¿ treatment is well-researched & eminently readable. Remarkably, it is very respectful to all the parties involved. He doesn¿t succumb to judgmental harangues, or one-sided story-telling, like other books on this subject. Nor does he use the snide innuendo or insinuations that have characterized much of the press on the proxy battle in general, & Carly Fiorina in particular. A refreshing read on this topic. I recommend it to everyone who wants to read a non-biased accounting of the facts, & anyone who wants to understand the business implications before, during, & after the merger.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.