Barbarians at the Gates provides a remarkably detailed account of the events preceding the megabuck takeover of RJR Nabisco. Wall Street correspondents, Burrough and Helyar, offer a comprehensive and cohesive narrative of a multilateral battle that in many respects apotheosized years of distressed excess in the financial community. Burrough and Helyar do an excellent job of recounting the value judgments and personality conflicts that encouraged the protracted engagement. While their lengthy chronicle steers clear of assessing the disputed transaction's socioeconomic implications, it presents a definitive reading on one of the less enlightening chapters in capitalism's checkered history.
A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end.
It’s hard to imagine a better story...and it’s hard to imagine a better account
— Chicago Tribune
— Today Show
The most piercing and compelling narrative of a deal to date.
— Boston Globe
Impressive qualities... delicious scenes... a cinematic yet extraordinarily careful book.
— Ken Auletta
One of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980s.