Today at TNR (October 16, 2009)
October 16, 2009
The Case Against Awards: Why the Wrong Person Always Wins, by Jonathan Chait ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ May Not Be for Children, but It’s the Most Perceptive Film About Childhood in Ages, by Christopher Orr Remembering Bruce Wasserstein, the Business Titan Who Could Make Other Titans Cave, by Bruce Wasserstein Three Theories About How Obama’s AfPak Strategy Got So Confused, by Michael Crowley TNR Debate: Floyd Abrams Explains Why Transparency Isn’t Dangerous to Democracy , by Floyd Abrams Why Republicans Should Be Worried About the New Jersey Governor Race, by Ed Kilgore Peretz: The Saudis Ex
M&A … and Bruce
October 15, 2009
It's safe to say there are not too many investment banking chieftains whose idea of a compliment was to tell you after a meeting that "you showed a certain amount of fingerspitzengefuhl in there." To which the appropriate response was, "Only a certain amount?" Followed by the inevitable rejoinder: "But were you effective?" Bruce Wasserstein, who died this week at 61, loved complexity and was a genuinely complex man himself. Like many of his former colleagues, clients, and competitors, I'll be trying to figure him out for years.