This is the compelling story of how BHP and its partner Billiton rose from the humblest beginnings in the Australian Outback and on the Indonesian island of Belitung to starry heights on the great stock exchanges of the world. Based on more than 60 exclusive interviews, it rips away the superficial gloss to expose the political and industrial forces that really drive big bThis is the compelling story of how BHP and its partner Billiton rose from the humblest beginnings in the Australian Outback and on the Indonesian island of Belitung to starry heights on the great stock exchanges of the world. Based on more than 60 exclusive interviews, it rips away the superficial gloss to expose the political and industrial forces that really drive big business in the 21st century. In an investigative tour de force, authors Peter Thompson and Robert Macklin reveal the visions, the schemes, the scandals, and the corporate life-and-death struggles that have characterized BHP's evolution from the first lucky strike by the mysterious Charles Rasp at Broken Hill in 1883 to its merger with Billiton in 2001 to its daring $150 billion bid for Rio Tinto six years later. The result is a gripping story of foresight and blunder, of nation-building and rampant ego, of greed and of grace, written by two master storytellers with, for the first time, access to the key players themselves...
|Title||:||The Big Fella: The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton|
|Number of Pages||:||518 Pages|
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The Big Fella: The Rise and Rise of BHP Billiton Reviews
It was a lengthy book which many a paragraph that could have been cut in the name of keeping the book clear and focused. I would have appreciated more POV from the workers, but I do now have a good understanding of what CEOs actually do and the stresses and work loads associated. This book confirmed just how dirty big business is sacrificing everything, including the lives of people, in the name of a dollar. How deep the link is with government and that in itself tells us the government won't act in our interest only the governments. What a story.
Fascinating story of BHP Billiton. Would love to read an updated edition to current day.
I thought this book didn't deserve high rankings for a number of reasons. First, it was written totally to the business class. There was almost no mention of anything from an operational standpoint. If you want to know what goes on in the boardroom and not in the field of a mining company - than maybe read this book. Second, I can't say that it was written all that well. I kind of figured that it would be a book whose style wouldn't agree with me. I can't say I am at all fond of journalistic style writing - and this was written by two journalists. All the other mining company books I have read thus far have been written by geological engineers, so their take on what is interesting and important was definitely different and more in line with mine. These guys focused solely on the business and politics within BHPB, almost to a disappointing level. It really made the flow of the book struggle, because it was virtually impossible to keep up with all the name dropping. It also really made it seem that BHPB is run by a bunch of people with personal ambitions, despite what is best for the company. Is this really all big business is? Is it only about people stroking each others egos and settling personal vendettas? It hardly seemed that any rational business choices went on in their boardrooms, and that these high priced executives played high school drama games. On the up side, I enjoyed learning the little I did about the founding of Broken Hill, the opening of the Bass Straight oil fields, the discovery of Escondida, The Magma Copper debacle (continuing the story were Newmont left off),and the disaster at OK Tedi. None of these, however, were described in any great detail. Also I enjoyed the outlook on China's coming to market and an event that hit a little close to home, the failed takeover of Rio Tinto.All in all, a tough read, made more for the business minded. In some small measure I enjoy learning a little behind the scenes big business, but I am really after learning more of the operations perspective and down stream management.
This book is split into thirds. The first third deals with the early history of BHP. The second third is about Billiton's history, and the third part is the more recent history of the now merged BHP Billiton. I really enjoyed the BHP history part in particular and the recent times, however found the Billiton section a bit dull. Overall an interesting read for a company which has played a significant part in Australia's history.
Great read if you're interested in the resources industry, commodity markets and board room politics.
Loved this book! Australian history, politics, business.. A great read.