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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles D. Ellis Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Goldman Sachs is the most profitable and powerful investment bank in the world today. Fifty years ago, it was a marginal family firm with limited prospects. How did it ascend to leadership in Europe, Asia, North and South America? As a strategy consultant to Goldman Sachs for more than thirty years, Charles D. Ellis developed close relationships with many of the firm’s past and present leaders around the world. In The Partnership he probes deeply into the most important chapters in the firm’s history, revealing the key events and decisions that tell the colorful, character-driven story of how Goldman Sachs became what it is today—the illuminating stories of the great personalities who sowed the seeds of Goldman Sachs’s success.

Starting as a sole proprietorship dealing in commercial paper in the mid-nineteenth century, Goldman Sachs became an innovative underwriter, struggled to survive the crash and Depression, and came out of World War II to complete what was then the single most important transaction in Wall Street’s history: Ford Motor Company’s IPO. Goldman Sachs overcame a full set of dramatic perils: Penn Central’s bankruptcy, Robert Maxwell’s abusive frauds, and insider trading scandals. Ellis demonstrates how the firm’s core values, intensive recruiting, entrepreneurial creativity, and disciplined risk taking—incorporating technology and hard work—laid the foundations, multiplied the firm’s resources and profits, and magnified its power until it became today’s Goldman Sachs: one of the most successful business organizations in the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich with insider lore, as well as the closed-door dramas of partnership clashes.”

    New York Times

  • “Fascinating!”

    Boston Globe

  • “Lively and engaging.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Boni | 1/11/2014

    " Has moments that are interesting, too much detail for my liking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gavin | 12/2/2013

    " Long, but interesting. Goldman Sachs is the Apple Inc of the financial world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael Harris | 11/20/2013

    " An APL Recycled Reads find. A detailed and sometimes slow read of the history of both the Firm and "financial engineering" as it has evolved through the years. Puts our financial mess in perspective because of the greed and personal ambition of many. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike Graber | 9/17/2013

    " Great history on Goldman Sachs, lots of behind the scene stories "

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