Testosterone Inc.: Tales of CEOs Gone Wild

By Christopher M. Byron

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

When the bull industry became to bust and the applause grew to become to cat-calls, the area used to be surprised on the fact. sopping wet in cash and public acclaim, our CEO-heroes—mostly white, commonly male, typically middle-aged—turned out to be no longer a lot diversified than a bunch of twenty-something rock stars—drunk on strength and pushed by way 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 largest of America's rock superstar CEOs and the previous head of basic electrical Co., surrounded through "mini-me" CEOs Ron Perelman of Revlon, Al Dunlap of Sunbeam, and Dennis Kozlowski of Tyco—all long gone wild in public monitors of intake and predatory appetites writ large.

Byron will get contained in the bars the place Welch loved to hang around and decide up girls along with his early "business soul mate" acquaintances. Byron hovers unseen on the elbow of Ron Perelman and his mistress aboard the Concorde for per week in Paris in his wrong trust that his spouse is aware 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 may aspect his knife at her and say, "I usually puzzled what human flesh tasted like." Byron turns into a fly at the wall to chronicle the eager for recognize 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 energy, greed, and temptation undid all of them. From suicide to homicide, from dysfunctional childhoods to dysfunctional marriages in maturity, from enterprise chutzpah to monetary suicide, this is the final word untold enterprise tale of our time: What went on at century's finish, while testosterone received the easiest of businessmen all over, and CEOs went wild.

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