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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is corporate takeovers.


Six Superlative Sources

· Wasserstein, Bruce, Big Deal 2000: The Battle for Control of America's Leading Corporations, Warner Books, 2000. A valuable survey of recent mergers and acquisition history and practice by a leading practitioner.

· Wolf, Michael, Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet, Simon and Schuster, 1998. Mergers and acquisitions from the standpoint of the seller, with very illuminating comments on the peculiarities of deal development in the technology sector.

· Haspeslagh, Philippe C., and David B. Jemison, Managing Acquisitions: Creating Value through Corporate Renewal, Free Press, 1991. An excellent blending of strategic, organizational, and financial perspectives in mergers and acquisitions. Thoughtful, with excellent examples of principles. Contains an international perspective.

· Burrough, Bryan, and John Helyar, Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, HarperCollins, 1990. Illustrates well the dynamics of contested acquisitions.

· Baker, George P., and George David Smith, The New Financial Capitalists, Cambridge University Press, 1998. The authors focus on Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts and the determinants of their success as private equity investors. A fresh counterpoint to arguments offered elsewhere that mergers and acquisitions do not pay.

· Ravenscraft, David J., and F.M. Scherer, Mergers, Sell-offs, and Economic Efficiency, Brookings Institution, 1987. One of the best scholarly expressions of skepticism about the motives and effects of mergers. Employs a statistical analysis of a large database of mergers, along with case studies of individual deals. Provides ammunition for those who would regulate merger activity more tightly.

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