[Download] Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street By John Brooks

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

By: John Brooks
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 16 hours
Release date: Aug 19, 2014
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (52 votes, average: 3.50 out of 5)

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From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America.

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened. Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks's insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself. Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform listeners. . . Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.
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26 Responses to “[Download] Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street By John Brooks”

  1. Tova Kirgan

    Great stories but narration is difficult to follow
    Great stories but narration is difficult to follow. It was written according to the style of the time and not well suited to today’s storytelling.

  2. Waldo Durfee

    Great stories
    This is a very interesting book. First time I heard about it was that it was recommended by Bill Gates. The book is constructed in the form of stories of different business flavors. The first few stories are not super interesting but they turn out to be essential for understanding the stories towards the end of the book, which are fantastic. Would recommend this book to anyone with a small caveat: be patient with the first couple chapters.

  3. Orval Coatie

    Not good
    I wouldn’t recommend this book to Anybody! I can’t believe it made top reading list of Bill & Warren. Long and Boring. Nothing in the past 40 years was talked about in book. Just a Waste of time and money.

    Very Disappointing!

  4. Marchelle Dalke

    The Ford Edsel and gold standard were kind of fun
    The Ford Edsel and gold standard were kind of interesting but overall the stories were pretty boring and the takeaways were unclear

  5. Elton Marie

    Loved It
    Met my expectations. Great narrator and great writing.

    Each chapter starts off a bit slow with the background to the story, and when the story kicks in, it’s great.

  6. Delphine Bekerman

    One of my favorite business books!
    This is a great read in the car, the narrator is lively and entertaining, keeping you interested as all of the stories unfold.

  7. JC and Ali

    Read it instead of listening it
    Perhaps it’s a good read. Story is okay but hard to listen at details in book

  8. Brooks Whitmore

    What a great listen!
    Interesting treatment on some of the history of international business. I enjoyed it very much.

  9. Nickel

    Dated, dry business cases you can learn from
    Plenty of good business cases that you’ve heard of if you took a business class.

    Was very disappointed with this book but it does have some good lessons. Most are very dry and boring and even the ones I expected to be more insightful were disappointing. Much more banking/markets heavy than I expects.

    Not bad for those just starting to study business or banking and markets.

  10. Winston Jose

    some good elements
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  11. Andrea Fasching

    Good but outdated
    Interesting stories. Well written and wonderfully read, but outdated. The book was written in 1969. Each of the stories are very good, but they all would benefit from a contemporary rewrite.

  12. TelecomGeek

    Very interesting!
    Interesting to hear the story behind the money. Putting the emotions and of people into it.

  13. David Dailey

    The content of this book is interesting but the author offers neither introductions, conclusions, or transitions. It’s difficult to follow and I don’t always know what he’s trying to say.

  14. Kristle T.

    This book makes reading the phone book sound appealing. Take a pass and find something else.

  15. Chris

    Finally Done
    so boring and long. nothing great about it. Bill Gates is kicked out of my book club

  16. Mauro Julye

    What would have made Business Adventures better?

  17. Reita Destine

    I would read this again.
    A variety of good business stories. I liked the gold standard and gold exchange standard explanation…

  18. Mike Kirby

    Overall an interesting book
    The book was well written and well performed. The 12 stories cover a wide range of topics, some that will inevitably be more interesting than others to any given person. Therefore, some parts of the book may seem boring, while others are gripping. All in all it is a good book and it gives a great overview of the inner workings of business, finance, and Wall Street…. at least as it was in the past.

  19. Elvia Macnamee

    Bill gates favorite book
    Great book for anyone in business or on Wall Street, or even those in engineering or law as it deals with precedent in those areas also. Not an easy book, but at the tip of my list

  20. Ary R. Mize

    A good read.
    Met expectations. A good book to revisit from time to time. Can’t argue with a Munger endorsement. Good gift idea.

  21. Nathan Pickron

    The book has many lessons front wall street and other areas of business that are worth knowing.

  22. Nikki Schwertner

    Good but old business stories, poor narration
    What did you like best about Business Adventures? What did you like least?

  23. Stephen Carranza

    Great book, lots of insight
    I really enjoyed this book. Found this book on Bill Gates’ top reads list. John Brooks really makes the financial world interesting, and loved all the perspective he gave. Also pretty entertaining and well-written. It consists of 12 different stories that are each distinct from one another. Johnny Heller’s narration is great too. I would recommend this to anyone.

  24. Shawnna Linsky

    Good compilation of business stories.
    I found the narration to be a bit on the slower side. But I listened to this while I was driving. So came in handy.
    Stories were good.

  25. Joe

    I thought it was very boring.
    I thought it was very boring. The stories went on. I couldn’t finish the book.

  26. Gennie Maggini

    Business vs big gubment
    This book was well-written and has some very interesting and worthwhile tales of economic adventures.

    However, I feel that the author may be confused on the difference between business and government business. Government business, by its definitionally implicated use of force, is quite the opposite of free-market business, and should be regarded as wrong and immoral by anyone who considers themselves pro-business and anti-coercion. The author holds certain ideas to be self-evident regarding the Fed and those dirty “speculators,” for example, when the truth is quite otherwise.

    Overall it was a good read.

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