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Bloodsport: When Ruthless Dealmakers, Shrewd Ideologues, and Brawling Lawyers Toppled the Corporate Establishment by Robert Teitelman

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Chapter Eight

JUICY BRUCEY

Most people don’t think.

—BRUCE WASSERSTEIN to Esquire, 19841

THE WORD THAT came to mind when meeting Bruce Wasserstein was rarely balance. He was a figure of a bewildering number of parts, few of which seemed to fit together snugly. He was lumbering, overweight, and famously disheveled. His thinning hair was often awry; his shoelaces were often untied; he could make the most expensive suit appear ill-fitting; and he rarely convened a meeting without food, from cookies to egg cream, within easy reach. He was one of those people for whom appearances do not seem to matter. This went way back—his college friends endearingly recall him as a slob—and ran against the grain of your typical corporate attorney-turned-investment ...

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