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Duff McDonald is a New York-based journalist. A contributing editor at the New York Observer, he has also written for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York, Esquire, Fortune, Business Week, GQ, WIRED, Time, Newsweek, and Conde Nast Portfolio, among other publications. McDonald is a regular and frequent guest commentator on both television and radio, including CNN, CNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Charlie Rose. A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, he lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his daughter, Marguerite.


'Quickly, McDonald gets into his stride... a rattling good read.'

* The Times *

'At a stroke, McDonald sums up the attraction of McKinsey to the world's largest companies, the mystique surrounding its methods, the envy it inspires in competitors and the anger it sometimes incites... a very readable account.'

* Financial Times *

'[An] admiring book that nevertheless asks hard questions about the organization's future.'

* The Economist *

'Thought-provoking... offers a fascinating look behind the company's success.'

-- Andrew Ross Sorkin * New York Times *

'Is this a good book? Yes. It is meticulously researched, well-written, and comprehensive and balanced. Is it enjoyable? Yes.'

* Management Today *

'An up-to-date, full-blown history, told with wit and clarity...'

* Wall Street Journal *

'This is critical reading for anyone who wants to understand how the world of business really works.'

-- Bethany McLean, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller All the Devils Are Here

'Revealing... McDonald combines a lucid chronicle of McKinsey's growth and boardroom melodramas.'

* Publishers Weekly *

'Timely.... A fast-paced account of a key business institution, its deeds and misdeeds.'

* Kirkus Reviews *

'Fascinating. If you want to know what it is about the culture of the firm that sets it apart and has made it so successful, read this book.'

-- Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lords of Finance

'A superb examination of one of the most powerful, secretive, and least understood organizations on the planet.'

-- William D. Cohan, bestselling author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World

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