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Blue Blood and Mutiny: The Fight for the Soul of Morgan Stanley

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In March 2005 the business world woke up to an unprecedented full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal calling for the removal of Morgan Stanley's CEO. Less than four months later, a group of eight retired, multimillionaire executives had orchestrated a stunning revolt within the most prestigious and—until recently—most successful financial-services firm on Wall Street. Now ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by Harper Perennial (first published December 31st 1975)
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Apr 29, 2011 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm somewhat disappointed by this book, even though it's well written. Yes, I learned a lot about the world of finance and the history of Morgan Stanley, but I found this book to be repetitious. Also, most of the book is a diatribe against Phil Purcell, the man who became CEO of Morgan Stanley after it merged with Dean Witter.

The diatribe soon gets boring, especially because Ms. Beard doesn't show a glimmer of empathy for him. Cleary, Ms. Beard is completely on the side of the mutineers.

One-sided, but essentially accurate, account of how an ill-conceived merger tarnished a great franchise. Also helped me unravel the political intrigue that marred my time at the firm.
Jun 15, 2013 George marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
Only about a chapter or so in and I'm loving it. Very interesting... Would be a good pair with Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker. Gives history on the creation of Morgan Stanley; talks about the transformation of investment banks on Wall Street in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. I hope it continues to be this good! For a $1 buy a Dollar Tree...a big win.
Oct 27, 2011 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book discusses the rise of the investment bank through the hard work and integrity of white-collar individuals. The drama is created by the turmoil of the Dean Witter merger under Phil Purcell. After turmoil at the top, a hero arrives in the form of veteran FID trader John Mack to return the bank's culture and performance to its roots.
Oct 10, 2007 Joelene marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Will be starting this book shortly. Jim bought this and I initially wrote it off as a boring business book. But who am I to judge, as I discovered once I read the cover flap, I am not one to resist a story about a good scandal and shake up - even in the boring business world.
Jul 29, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it
Only an MS employee could enjoy this one, but I did. Nice history of the firm and interesting depiction of the battle for control that occurred at the time of my arrival at the firm. Seems a bit tame of an episode in light of the '08 crisis.
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Sep 23, 2012 Pin Zhou marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Guess reading resembles chain actions, too, you find one book interesting, and the interesting one leads to more in its league.
Oct 16, 2008 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read finacial thriller for anyone in the retail brokerage/investment banking industry.
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Jul 10, 2010 Chris Abel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finance, business
If you have any interest in investment banking, finance, or Wall Street intrigue, this book is for you.
I read this book.Pretty mediocre.Didnot like it
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