There has been a recent influx of popular television shows surrounding high finance and big business. From “Succession” to “Billions” to “Industry,” the behind-the-scenes machinations of these worlds, so foreign to most of us, becomes the perfect fodder for the screen.
But these shows all represent imagined accounts of fictional companies. There are many recent book releases dealing with real companies with very real drama, all of which has lasting societal impacts. These are companies that are impossible to ignore even if you wanted to: Facebook, Instagram and Amazon have all permeated the culture so deeply and seem to continue to take on wider influence, even as negative stories are released. These companies are run by men that have become infamous, not only for their wealth, but also how they have chosen to wield their power.
These are stories of dramatic rises to dominance, as well as the subsequent fall that can occur, as seen in the story of Adam Neumann at WeWork, as well as Travis Kalanick at Uber.
It’s no surprise that a few of these books are getting the television miniseries treatment, including “Cult of We” and “Super Pumped.” The story of WeWork founder Adam Neumann is actually in development for a separate television miniseries, as well as a feature film. It makes sense that studios would turn to these true stories in trying to find the next big TV obsession. As the following books showcase, there really is no way you can make this stuff up.
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