John Brooks (1920-1993) was an award-winning writer best known for his contributions to the New Yorker as a financial journalist. He was also the author of ten nonfiction books on business and finance, a number of which were critically acclaimed works examining Wall Street and the corporate world. His books Once in Golconda, The Go-Go Years, and Business Adventures have endured as classics. Although he is remembered primarily for his writings on financial topics, Brooks published three novels and wrote book reviews for Harper's Magazine and the New York Times Book Review.
"[Brooks] provides the early version of what we think of as Malcolm
Gladwell-style or Freakonomics-style lessons. . . . But
Brooks features another trait that modern business writers, whether
James Stewart, Malcolm Gladwell, or Michael Lewis, do not. Brooks
is truly willing to give up his own views to get inside the mind of
all his subjects." --National Review
"More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me--and more than four decades after it was first published--Business Adventures remains the best business book I've ever read . . . Brooks's deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then." --Bill Gates, The Wall Street Journal
"The prose is superb. Reading Brooks is a supreme pleasure. His
writing turns potentially eye-glazing topics (e.g., price-fixing
scandals in the industrial electronics market) into rollicking
narratives. He's also funny. . . . He tells entertaining stories
replete with richly drawn characters, setting them during
heightened moments within the world of commerce."