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

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Introduction

A REVOLUTIONARY EXPERIMENT

E. I. DU PONT de Nemours and Company was hardly the sort of corporation, and Edward Garland Jefferson hardly the kind of chief executive, we would expect to find in one of the messiest takeover brawls in US history. DuPont was the oldest big corporation in America, founded in 1802 to manufacture gunpowder along the banks of Brandywine Creek outside Wilmington, Delaware, by the son of a French physiocrat—an early economist—fleeing the French Revolution. DuPont had, through war and peace, crisis and prosperity, grown into one of America’s preeminent R&D-driven companies—a pioneer of industrial science on par with AT&T and General Electric—developing and selling everything from plastics to paints to space-age ...

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