Summary of Tearing Down the Walls

How Sandy Weill Fought His Way to the Top of the Financial World and then Nearly Lost It All

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Tearing Down the Walls book summary
Sanford Weill leveraged and discarded companies and partners as he climbed to the precarious peak of the financial world.


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Monica Langley follows Sandford Weill, a shy Jewish boy from Brooklyn, through his youthful struggles against adversity, his journey to the absolute top of the financial world and his tainted success. Seen through the prism of Weill’s tumultuous career, the financial world is small, despite its importance, internally more like a village than a city. The book just confirms your suspicions that practical finance bears almost no resemblance to what you learned in economics class. commends Langley for skillfully molding the saga of this titanic financier’s career into such a compelling, well-constructed narrative.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The life story of financier Sandford "Sandy" Weill
  • How Wall Street has functioned internally for the past four decades


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Sandy Weill appeared nervous as he prepared to address the CEOs assembled at the New York Stock Exchange, where he was to be honored as 2002 CEO of the year. He arrived in a chauffeured Cadillac, and entered through the VIP gate, with camera and strobe lights flashing around...
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About the Author

Monica Langley, formerly a practicing attorney, has written on finance for The Wall Street Journal for twelve years.

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