Testosterone Inc.: Tales of CEOs Gone Wild

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By Christopher M. Byron

In Testosterone Inc.: stories of CEOs long past Wild, bestselling writer and big apple publish columnist Chris Byron chronicles the Gatsby-like saga of the increase and fall of the fame CEO. through the peak of the Nineteen Nineties bull marketplace, they have been America's new heroes: The heroes of industrial. They have been our daring new leaders, slicing the fats, pushing for productiveness, enforcing visionary plans, and making strategic deals.

When the bull marketplace became to bust and the applause grew to become to cat-calls, the realm used to be surprised on the fact. soaking wet in funds and public acclaim, our CEO-heroes—mostly white, as a rule male, normally middle-aged—turned out to be no longer a lot diverse than a gaggle of twenty-something rock stars—drunk on strength and pushed by means of intercourse, greed, and glamor.

Testosterone Inc. is going at the back of the boardroom doorways to teach the serial affairs and marriages of those acquisitive company titans. on the heart of this tale is Jack Welch, the most important of America's rock big name CEOs and the previous head of normal electrical Co., surrounded by means of "mini-me" CEOs Ron Perelman of Revlon, Al Dunlap of Sunbeam, and Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco—all long past wild in public monitors of intake and predatory appetites writ large.

Byron will get contained in the bars the place Welch cherished to hang around and decide up ladies along with his early "business soul mate" neighbors. Byron hovers unseen on the elbow of Ron Perelman and his mistress aboard the Concorde for per week in Paris in his fallacious trust that his spouse is familiar with not anything approximately his mystery affair. Byron peeks in the back of the curtains of a U.S. military officers’ quarters to behold Al Dunlap scary his first spouse, who claimed in her divorce motion that Dunlap might aspect his knife at her and say, "I frequently puzzled what human flesh tasted like." Byron turns into a fly at the wall to chronicle the eager for admire and serial womanizing of Dennis Kozlowski.

Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, Testosterone Inc. follows the intertwined lives of those 4 company heroes, from formative years to their final moments of glory and the crash-and-burn calamities that undefined, as man's age-old starvation for strength, greed, and temptation undid all of them. From suicide to homicide, from dysfunctional childhoods to dysfunctional marriages in maturity, from company chutzpah to monetary suicide, here's the last word untold enterprise tale of our time: What went on at century's finish, while testosterone obtained the simplest of businessmen all over, and CEOs went wild.

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