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The Big Fella: The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton

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This is the compelling story of how BHP and its partner Billiton rose from the humblest beginnings in the Australian Outback and on the Indonesian island of Belitung to starry heights on the great stock exchanges of the world. Based on more than 60 exclusive interviews, it rips away the superficial gloss to expose the political and industrial forces that really drive big b ...more
Hardcover, 518 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Random House Australia (first published 2009)
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Jody Ellis
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was a lengthy book which many a paragraph that could have been cut in the name of keeping the book clear and focused.

I would have appreciated more POV from the workers, but I do now have a good understanding of what CEOs actually do and the stresses and work loads associated.

This book confirmed just how dirty big business is sacrificing everything, including the lives of people, in the name of a dollar. How deep the link is with government and that in itself tells us the government won't ac
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Helen
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating story of BHP Billiton. Would love to read an updated edition to current day.
Erica
May 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
I thought this book didn't deserve high rankings for a number of reasons. First, it was written totally to the business class. There was almost no mention of anything from an operational standpoint. If you want to know what goes on in the boardroom and not in the field of a mining company - than maybe read this book. Second, I can't say that it was written all that well. I kind of figured that it would be a book whose style wouldn't agree with me. I can't say I am at all fond of journalistic sty ...more
Ladybug33
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is split into thirds. The first third deals with the early history of BHP. The second third is about Billiton's history, and the third part is the more recent history of the now merged BHP Billiton. I really enjoyed the BHP history part in particular and the recent times, however found the Billiton section a bit dull. Overall an interesting read for a company which has played a significant part in Australia's history.
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it


Great read if you're interested in the resources industry, commodity markets and board room politics.
Dane Noble
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Loved this book! Australian history, politics, business.. A great read.
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