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Business Adventures
An insightful and engaging look into corporate and financial life in America
by John Brooks

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 really does repeat itself.

About the Author: John Brooks (1920-1979) was born in New York City on Dec. 5, 1920. He grew up in Trenton, New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University in 1942.

He served in the United States Air Force during World War II as a communications and radar officer from 1942 to 1945.

After the war, he contributed articles to several magazines and became a contributing editor at Time Magazine before joining the New Yorker as a staff writer. He wrote book reviews for the New York Times Book Review and for Harper's Magazine.

Brooks wrote several books including Business Adventures, Once in Golconda, The Go-Go Years, How to Build Blues-Lapstrake Wooden Boats, Telephone: The First Hundred Years, Showing Off in America, The Great Leap, and several others.

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