Tearing Down The Walls

Tearing Down The Walls

by Monica Langley
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Tearing Down The Walls by Monica Langley

He is one of the world's most accomplished figures of modern finance. As chairman and chief executive officer of Citigroup, Sanford "Sandy" Weill has become an American legend, a banking visionary whose innovativeness, opportunism, and even fear drove him from the lowliest jobs on Wall Street to its most commanding heights. In this unprecedented biography, acclaimed Wall Street Journal reporter Monica Langley provides a compelling account of Weill's rise to power. What emerges is a portrait of a man who is as vital and as volatile as the market itself.
Tearing Down the Walls tells the riveting inside story of how a Jewish boy from Brooklyn's back alleys overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudices to transform the financial-services industry as we know it today.
Using nearly five hundred firsthand interviews with key players in Weill's life and career — including Weill himself — Langley brilliantly chronicles not only his success and scandals but also the shadows of his hidden self: his father's abandonment and his loving marriage; his tyrannical rages as well as his tearful regrets; his fierce sense of loyalty and his ruthless elimination of potential rivals. By highlighting in new and startling detail one man's life in a narrative as richly textured and compelling as a novel, Tearing Down the Walls provides the historical context of the dramatic changes not only in business but also in American society in the last half century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743247269
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 588,753
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Monica Langley has written for The Wall Street Journal for twelve years. Her investigative reports on a wide array of subjects have regularly appeared on the Journal's front page. Formerly a practicing attorney for eight years, she lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

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Tearing Down The Walls 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book gives account of Sandy Weill who went from a nobody built up his first business by buying out one poorly run stocking broking firm after another until he merged with American Express where he was forced out the door, after 12 months in the wilderness he started again after being invited to run a poorly run lending firm after turning that company around he went an buying spree of one under performing company after another turned them around and purchased some more until he merged this massive financial conglomerate with Citibank. Well written easy to follow the down side is that he plays on the undertrodden jew too much.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Monica Langley follows Sandford Weill, a shy Jewish boy from Brooklyn, through his youthful struggles against adversity, his journey to the absolute top of the financial world and his tainted success. Seen through the prism of Weill¿s tumultuous career, the financial world is small, despite its importance, internally more like a village than a city. The book just confirms your suspicions that practical finance bears almost no resemblance to what you learned in economics class. We recommended Langley for skillfully molding the saga of this titanic financier¿s career into such a compelling, well-constructed narrative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a truly fantastic book. It clearly outlined the struggles Mr. Weill went through in obtaining the success he has now. His intelligence and drive to succeed exemplify the characteristics of a man who took a small insurance company and turned it into the world's largest financial company. To understand one reason for the merger (buyout) of Bank One and JP Morgan, then you should definitely read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JAMIE DIMON,you really get what you deserve.Your behavior was just appalling.But then you apologised and that made you a real 'class act'. MONICA LANGLEY,thank you for compiling a book with intrigue and suspence. I thought I was reading a script to a really great movie. That man really 'tear down those walls'. SANDY WEIL, or should I just call you 'Sandy'. After reading that book I feel like I know you so good. I am so proud of you. You ate garbage... but in the end you came out swinging. This book will now be placed in my 'MUST READ' collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Women dont like me and i lost a bundle on tech stocks. this is a good book. It wont help your career or your love life, despite what the prior reviewer (wallstreetwanker) says... its just a good read.