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The Elephant Hunters: Chronicles of the Moneymen [Hardcover]

Amielle Lake , Andrew Kakabadse , Nada Kakabadse
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Book Description

Nov. 11 2008
The Elephant Hunters is based on years of in-depth research and hundreds of interviews with leading figures in the world of finance. With the 'Elephant' as the big deal and the 'Hunter' as the moneyman, this book examines the personal qualities and behavior necessary to join a big name bank, then tracks down what it takes to acquire the kind of wealth that some can only dream of. Given special attention is one of the most powerful hunters of all, the woman - in the trade glowingly termed the 'powerbitch'. Her instinct to track her prey and close the deal is a feat of discipline, intellect and cunning. 
If you want to know more about the people who drive our lives and can remould societies, read this book.

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'Fascinating and horrifying; the jobs consume the people - yet a solution is proffered'
Rosalind Gilmore – Director, The Leadership Foundation, Washington DC
'This book reads like a thrilling novel that is hard to put down!'
-Professor David Altman- Vice President Research and Innovation, Centre for Creative Leadership
'This book reads like a thrilling novel that is hard to put down!'
-Professor David Altman- Vice President Research and Innovation, Centre for Creative Leadership
'This is a marvellous story of the Moneymen and "Powerbitches" of high finance who hold all the levers in the engine room of contemporary capitalism. Drawing on remarkably frank interviews with financiers from all over the globe, the book tells a tale that's both personal and historical. It's not just about money and the power that goes with it, or about personal and institutional successes and failures, but the startling relationships, understandings and "crackberries" that help make the finance markets the driving force of globalisation they are today.'
-Professor David Hayward-Dean, Swinburn University of Technology, Australia.

'Written in an engaging style which hooks you in immediately, The Elephant Hunters illustrates vividly how success in investment banking requires a complex blend of art and science. One's networks, relationships and 'gut feel' seem to be as important, if not more important, than any analytical capability. Required reading for anyone thinking of swimming in this pool of sharks!'
-Cliff Bowman, Director of Research, Ashridge Business School, UK  
'The authors lay bare the true motivations of the moneymen – at times intimidating and arrogant, but their desire to leave a charitable legacy gives meaning to their journey. The Elephant Hunters is a rare combination of an infectious read and convincing research.'
-David Pumphrey – Senior Partner, Heidrick & Struggles, Australia

'A fascinating story of ambition, avarice and altruism - characteristics of the masters of our financial universe'
-John Phillips, Chancellor, University of Western Sydney, Australia. 
'A fascinating read: I couldn't put the book down!'
-Professor D.R Myddelton, Emeritus Professor, Cranfield School of Management UK 

'A rare and amazing journey with real insights into the personalities behind the fortunes'
-Dr Robert Galavan, Head of Department, Business and Law, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
'Memories flooded back, from doubling my earnings as a ten year old by wishing the customers 'Happy Easter', to the embarrassment of my obsessive working souring family obligations and the deep satisfaction of selling my business. The Elephant Hunters offers narrative and insights which do not underestimate the three pillars of success: effort, judgment and good fortune'
-Charles Rose, Director, Hainsford Developments Limited , UK 

'Explosive! This book gets to the heart of the most egoistic and yet fragile system on this earth, that of money.'
-Baroness Maggie Jones- House of Lords, London, UK 

'Portraits of unchecked life forces blazing desperately in response to the thrill of success'
-Peter Carre, Chairman, The Water Resources Group, Australia 

About the Author

AMIELLE LAKE BA, MBA loves to write. Her up-till-now career has had her in senior marketing finance roles throughout diverse industries, from mining to finance to software. She is passionate about finance and about the way people interact. It is these interests that form the foundation for her professional and artistic work. Ms. Lake has published numerous articles in both academic, trade and general media outlets. She received an International MBA with distinction from the Northampton Business School and an International Management Diploma from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et Management. Amielle Lake also received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. The Elephant Hunters is Amielle's first book.

ANDREW KAKABADSE is Professor of International Management Development, Cranfield School of Management, UK.  Andrew was the H. Smith Richardson Fellow at CCL, North Carolina, USA and is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster; Macquarie Graduate School of Management; Thunderbird and at Swinburne University.  His research covers boards, top teams and the governance of governments.  He has published 26 books, 169 articles and 16 monographs. Andrew is co-editor of the Journal of Management Development and Corporate Governance:International Journal of Business in Society.
NADA K KAKABADSE BSc Grad.Dip MSc MPA PhD is currently Professor in Management and Business research at the University of Northampton Business School and the co-editor (with Andrew Kakabadse) of the Journal of Management and Corporate Governance: International Journal of Business in Society. Nada has published widely in areas of leadership, application of IS/IT corporations, corporate governance, government, boardroom effectivness, diversity management and ethics, including 10 books, 49 chapters in international volumes, 3 monographs and over 100 scholarly and reviewed articles. Nada has acted as a consultant to numerous public and private sector organizations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Oct. 15 2008
By Megan
This book provides some amazing insight into the corporate world of money making and the people who keep it running...highly recommended! I hope Amielle Lake writes another one.
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