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Rainmaker: The Saga of Jeff Beck, Wall Street's Mad Dog

Bianco, Anthony

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ISBN 10: 0394570235 / ISBN 13: 9780394570235
Published by U.S.A.: Random House, 1991
Condition: As New Hardcover
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VERY RARE 1ST PRINTING SIGNED BOTH BY AUTHOR AND JEFF BECK. AS NEW Hardcover in AS NEW, UNCLIPPED Dustjacket. 1991 Random House Stated 1st Edition, 1st Printing per RHs convention for listing 1st Printings. Personally signed in black ink by Jeff Beck, Subject of this book, and Anthony Bianco, Author of this book directly on FFEP with no further inscription. Appears to be the only doubly signed copy available. Pictorial DJ has original $25.00 price on front flap and is immaculate, fully intact with no shelf wear or damage of any kind. DJ is in clear archival-quality,Mylar Jacket (easily removable). AS NEW- Book is completely unmarked, inside and out other than autographs: no ugly remainder marks on book edge; no bookseller stickers; no x-library detritus; no p.o. signatures, bookplates, writing or markings; no soiled, missing, loose or torn pages. Glossy white pages are fresh, crisp and bright. Binding is tight Cloth cover boards with silver spine titles, spine, binding, corners and endpapers are all in Impeccable condition. Highly scarce collector copy. Ships promptly, wrapped professionally and shipped in sturdy, new box with protective padding by an experienced bookseller. We do not use plastic grocery bags, old newspapers or cut-up used cardboard as shipping materials. Email confirm with tracking information sent promptly upon shipment. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-18684831160

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Title: Rainmaker: The Saga of Jeff Beck, Wall ...

Publisher: U.S.A.: Random House

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This is the story of a man who destroyed three marriages and made many enemies in his manic pursuit of wealth and status. Beck's creation of a hero's personality earned him a cameo role in the film "Wall Street", but his inability to distinguish fantasy from reality led to exposure and breakdown.

From Publishers Weekly:

Unlike other Wall Street dealmakers who convinced themselves that the 1980s manic corporate takeover wave was restoring corporate America's entrepreneurial vigor, flamboyant investment banker Jeff Beck knew it was a con, a game run on greed and ego. But Beck, who as Drexel Burnham's "Mad Dog" rainmaker presided over the $8-billion leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, played the game with a vengeance, driven by a desperate craving for social status. He circulated extravagant fantasies about himself, claiming heroism as a U.S. Special Forces captain in Vietnam and spreading the fabrication that he had assembled a vast secret corporate empire called Rosebud. Though Beck never fought in Vietnam, actor-producer Michael Douglas, taken in by his tall tale, nearly made a movie about him. In a gripping parable of Reagan-era wishful thinking masquerading as optimism, this searching biography by Business Week reporter Bianco lays bare the deep psychic wounds and family skeletons that contributed to one rainmaker's rise and fall. Photos. Author tour.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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