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Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal, and the Private Equity Implosion

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An engaging exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making "Gods at War" details the recent deals and events that have forever changed the world of billion-dollar deal-making. This book is a whirlwind tour of the players determining the destiny of corporate America, including the government, private equity, strategic buyers, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds.

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Hardcover, 365 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2009)
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Marty
Dec 09, 2009 Marty rated it it was ok
Shelves: financial
I had high expectations for this book and ended up mildly disappointed.
I think the book suffers from a too-narrow focus and a lack of historical or interdisciplinary context. Also, it is not as well written as I would have expected given Davidoff's pedigree. (His alter-ego is that of the "Deal Professor," the author of a widely-read New York Times blog.)

The book could have used a harsher editor. Part of the problem is that the book seems to be a reiteration of a handful of Davidoff's previous ar
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Kevin Gryp
Apr 12, 2015 Kevin Gryp rated it liked it
Although this book is incredibly dry and hard to get through, it offers some important and topical lessons for anyone in the industry. The title is very misleading - consider this book a collection of somewhat related academic essays on the different legal aspects of deal making.
B. Rule
This book is related to my work and I thought it sounded interesting, too. However, it is dry as toast and so, so boring. I had to put it down about 50 pages in. Maybe I'll revisit in the future.
Michael
Nov 30, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
Good thing I didn't go to law school. This took me forever to get through and I found myself finding all sorts of reasons to not pick it up. but I finally got through it. Now on to some fun fiction!
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Nov 21, 2009 Hillary added it
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three chapters in and I've already learned from this book. be advised it's somewhat technical (and looks like it gets more technical).
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Mar 17, 2013 AllInStride rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
Very detailed and technical .. a little to dry for me.
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