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The epic rise and spectacular fall of the devoutly religious and secretive family that was one of the ten richest of the world. The Reichmanns is filled with fascinating characters, epic scope, and an illuminating look at the world of the ultra-orthodox. 16 pp. of photos. 608 pp. Author tour. Targeted ads. Online promotion. 35,000 print.
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The Reichmanns' astonishing saga began in Hungary and swept through Austria, France, and North Africa before achieving apotheosis in Canada, where the secretive, ultra-orthodox Jewish family founded Olympia & York Development, the greatest real estate empire in the world at its peak in the 1980s. The company's collapse into bankruptcy in 1992 is a modern cautionary tale of biblical proportions, rendered by business journalist Anthony Bianco in lavish detail backed by formidable research. Interviews with various family members enable the author to plumb personalities as well as profit motives; their decision to cooperate is justified by his careful fairness.From the Back Cover:
"Masterful--remarkable--A fearless, scholarly, stay-up-all-night-to-finish-reading-it biography--Thanks to this elegantly written book, we have the tools to truly understand the Reichmann family." -Report on Business magazine
"A great achievement in business journalism, immaculately documented and evocatively realized." - Peter C. Newman, The Globe and Mail
"The definitive biography--The Reichmanns is such a page-turner that readers will be shocked to find themselves going without sleep." -The Financial Post
"A stunning tale, meticulously researched and gracefully told." -The Montreal Gazette
"This is the sort of prodigious and intelligent biographical study that blows away the fog-- Though this story has been chewed over by business journalists like a cud, the final word goes to Bianco." -Books in Canada
"A tremendous, all-encompassing biography." -Kirkus Reviews
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