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"When the 1983 merger between the American Express Bank and Edmond Safra's Trade and Development Bank failed, Safra reestablished himself with an independent banking concern that would compete directly with American Express. Burrough, coauthor of Barbarians at the Gate, tells of an ill-founded and vindictive attempt by individuals hired by American Express to discredit Safra in the media. Though the incident was mentioned in Jon Friedman's House of Cards, Burrough's insight into the culture clash between the parties gives fascinating dimension to a story that spans almost a decade and involves unsavory players in the affairs of a multinational corporation."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"Burrough goes to exhaustive lengths to bring the story to the page. The wild ride and incredible characters bounce from continent to continent, villa to yacht to back alley. The key individuals form a perfect personality storm for disaster, and disaster they produced. Saddest of all is Safra himself. Titan private banker to the stars, Safra's Achilles Heel was pierced by Amex chief Jim Robinson with a petty smear attempt. Frantically seeking counter attack, Safra lashed out. Years after this book, Safra's life ended in a bizarre murder-robbery at the hands of his male nurse, in his villa in Monte Carlo. It was truly heartbreaking end which should have been a beautiful crescendo. Burrough takes on a well-researched ride in a stranger-than-fiction odyssey."

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Hardback 1992.

494 pages.

16-pages of black & white photographs.

Good condition.

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