By Bryan Burrough, John Helyar
The struggle to regulate RJR Nabisco in the course of October and November of 1988 used to be greater than simply the most important takeover in Wall highway background. Marked by means of brazen monitors of ego now not obvious in American company for many years, it turned the excessive aspect of a brand new gilded age, and its repercussions are nonetheless being felt. the last word tale of greed and glory, Barbarians on the Gate is the gripping account of those frenzied months, of deal makers and exposure flaks, of an old-line commercial powerhouse that grew to become the sufferer of the ruthless and rapacious kind of finance within the Eighties. Written with the bravado of a unique and researched with the diligence of a sweeping cultural historical past, here's the unforgettable tale of the takeover in all its brutality.
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20. Kindleberger 1943:348; Bloomfield 195°:187-88. 21. Quote from Van DormaeI1978:52. 2:1.. Quoted in Gardner 1980'76. Bretton Woods Financial Order ments that favored a liberal international financial order. 24 Important domestic political changes also took place in Britain after the September 1931 exchange crisis forced it to abandon the gold standard. 2S Important changes in policy soon followed. The Treasury insisted on a more accommodative monetary policy, oriented toward domestic goals instead of the external balance of payments.
L1 What was new, however, was the comprehensiveness and permanence of the controls. Before 1931, states had generally used capital controls on a temporary basis to achieve certain foreign policy goals (for example, denying enemy 8. Hirsch and Oppenheimer l~n6:643. See also Kunz 1987, Van Der Pijl 1984, Polanyi 1957, and Aronson 1977:41 on rhe structural break. 9. See, for example, Cox 1987:151-89 and Polanyi 1957. 10. Quoted in Eichengreen and Cairncross 1983:5. II. 86. Endorsement of Capital Controls states access to capital markets}; they were now introduced as a permanent aspect of new interventionist economic strategies.
45. White asserted that "the desirability of encouraging the flow of productive capital to areas where it can be most profitably employed needs no emphasis" (Horsefield 1969c: 46). 46. Horsefield 1969C:32, II, 13. Endorsement of Capital Controls 37 and White made clear in their drafts that they hoped the various activities of the Bretton Woods institutions would promote equili. brating and productive capital flows by reducing exchange rate instability and by restoring confidence in international economic conditions.