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11
Monica Langley
Booknotes, Sunday, May 11, 2003
Monica Langley discusses Tearing Down the Walls: How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World. . .and Then Nearly Lost It All.

—from the publisher's website TEARING DOWN THE WALLS is the story of Sanford "Sandy" Weill, a rough-edged kid from Brooklyn, who overcame incredible odds and deep-seated prejudice, to put together Citigroup, the world's largest financial empire, and to transform financial services in America. Tearing Down the Walls provides an unprecedented look at how business and finance are conducted at the highest levels, with extraordinary insight into the character and motivations of powerful men and women. And it's the enthralling account of the interplay between power and personality. Sandy Weill, the son of an immigrant dressmaker, is a larger-than-life character, a legendary Wall Street CEO whose innovation, opportunism, and even fear drove him from the lowliest job on Wall Street to its most commanding heights. Over a span of five decades he tangled with -- and usually bested -- some of the most prominent and powerful titans of finance. A consummate deal maker, Sandy Weill amassed and then lost an astounding assemblage of securities firms, only to plunge ahead to rebuild his empire and ultimately create the modern American financial-services supermarket. At the center of Citigroup's recent crises, he's the mogul many are waiting to see topple, while many more are trying to figure out how he succeeded. Using nearly five hundred first-hand interviews with key players in his life and career -- including Mr. Weill himself -- The Wall Street Journal's Monica Langley chronicles not only his public persona, but his hidden side: blunt and often crude, yet unpretentious and sometimes disarmingly charming. Tearing Down the Walls reveals Mr. Weill's tyrannical rages as well as his tearful regrets, the crass stinginess and the unprecedented generosity, the fierce sense of loyalty and the ruthless elimination of potential rivals -- even those he loves. (timspalding)… (more)
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