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Barbarians at the Gate

battheg.jpg Do you know what a leveraged buyout is? If your answer is No, don’t feel bad, a majority of other people do not know either. But if you are one of those who want to learn what a leveraged buyout is without having to read boring and dull finance books (my apologies to my friends in finance!) Barbarians at the Gate is the movie you should watch. It is a fictionalized account of the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco in the 1980s. Many characters and companies in the movie will be familiar to most students of business- F.Ross Johnson, the CEO of Nabisco, Henry Kravitz of KKR, American Express, Shearson Lehman etc.

Oh, but wait a minute! It gets even better- The movie is not just about corporate leveraged buyouts, the kind of business deals most people will never be involved in in their life time. It’s also about salesmanship, new inventions like the smokeless cigarette (yes, you read it right!), corporate raiders, corruption, greed and many other concepts and ideas that business students learn in school. A truly entertaining and informative movie!