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Fallen Giant: The Amazing Story of Hank Greenberg and the History of AIG

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In Fallen Giant, author Ron Shelp--who worked within the AIG organization for more than a decade--sheds light on AIG, the company, and Hank Greenberg, the man. Through in-depth research, candid interviews, and firsthand experiences, Shelp provides a detailed look at how AIG was originally created and reveals how Greenberg's unrelenting drive to be the best may have led to ...more
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2006)
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Daniel
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
17 year-old me wrote a letter that was never saved. It was addressed to some future self. I can't recall the whole thing but, somewhere amidst the teenage angst and anarcho-punk inspired politics, I remember the phrase "I bet you fucking sell out, I know you will.".

Reading a book about an insurance company was me selling out. Well, fuck. The worst thing is, aside from the tiresome corporate gossip about whether C.V Starr wanted kids, I actually enjoyed the most of it, especially the stuff about
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Greg
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Great subject and insightful angles from first hand experience, but weak editing and confusing timeline structure.
Rick
Jul 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is the story of two men. One, with little experience, went to China in the early part of the 20th century and founded an insurance company, the first American company to be founded overseas. The second turned that company, AIG, into a multinational insurance giant before falling from grace thanks to some shady goings-on and an overzealous prosecutor.

A good history of AIG, Cornelius Starr and Hank Greenberg... and some really fascinating stories that border on swashbuckling Bondian adventure
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Stephen
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The interesting story of a company who has sadly been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. This book predates the bail out of AIG and does not address the issues that have lead to the company's downfall.

While being several hundred pages long it just skims the surface of the many rumours and stories that are told of and about AIG.
Luke
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I worked in accounting at AIG for years. This is a great book. Pretty historically correct.
Priyank
Recommend the 2009/10 edition... Sort of completes the story a bit more... Lets see how it unfolds over the next few years
Dc
Oct 23, 2007 added it
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Shelves: aig-insurance
Great book about the history of AIG Insurance.
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Pretty good a little smarmy (maudlin) about Hank Greenberg.
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