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Chainsaw: The Notorious Career of Al Dunlap in the Era of Profit-at-Any-Price

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Before there was Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling at Enron, before Bernie Ebbers at WorldCom, or Dennis Kozlowski at Tyco, there was Al Dunlap -- the notorious business executive whose actions foreshadowed a ruinous period in business when illusion seemed to matter more than reality.

Al Dunlap -- a.k.a. "Chainsaw Al" -- was ruthless in downsizing corporations for short-term shareh
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 1999)
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Robert W
The summer reading continues with another quickie, Chainsaw by John A. Byrne. Not really a biography of “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap, it only covers his Waterloo—Sunbeam. Sunbeam, which eventually declared bankruptcy after Dunlap finished with it, in one of the notorious accounting scandals of recent times. Financial Shenanigans fell back to Sunbeam for examples of financial chicanery many times—they were guilty of nearly every trick in the book. The particular thing that brought Dunlap down seems almos ...more
Jon
Great read. Humbling how much someone in a position of corporate power can unduly destroy the lives of tens of thousands of people.
The author did a great job of investigative journalism, very thorogh. I would definitely read more by this author.
Dave
A great read on how you can destroy a business with accounting tricks, cruel behavior, and backwards incentives.
Randall
the dude was a total ass.
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John A. Byrne is executive editor of BusinessWeek. Previously, Byrne was editor-in-chief of Fast Company. Before that, he worked for BusinessWeek for nearly 18 years, rising to senior writer. Byrne launched the magazine's ground-breaking rankings of business schools, best and worst corporate boards, and most generous philanthropists. Byrne is the author of eight books, including The New York Times ...more
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