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Dear Chairman
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Jeff Gramm runs a hedge fund and has served on several public company boards of directors. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches value investing. Jeff lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

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"...an excellent read...Mr. Gramm has collected a series of deliciously rich letters, many of which were never before published, sent to chief executives by investors by everyone from Warren Buffett to Ross Perot." -- Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times "An engaging and informative book...Eight investor's letters that sum up some of the great agency-problem battles in the history of American business. It is a valuable set of stories." John Lanchester, The New Yorker -- John Lanchester, The New Yorker "...concise account of the spread of the particular form of corporate democracy called 'shareholder activism,'... a grand story." -- Wall Street Journal "Gramm ... is an engaging and critical guide to a century of US activism and activists" -- Financial Times (Summer Reading List) Jeff Gramm shows in his lively, well-researched book -- Business Strategy a revelation: a lively account of a long war against corporate and investor smugness -- The Financial Times "It's an illuminating read for those wondering what drives activists, and includes occasional references to music (another Mr. Gramm hobby) with lucid observations on investors and corporations." -- Wall Street Journal illuminating and often wildly entertaining -- Huffington Post "Jeff Gramm has a refreshing approach to the generations-long conflict between entrenched corporate management and shareholder activists. Gramm illustrates this seemingly never ending struggle for corporate control by examining specific well known and surprisingly interesting examples. Dear Chairman is an engaging and worthwhile read." -- -Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System "Public companies face the high standards of the marketplace: fill a need, grow, and remember always that you are the trustee of your stockholders' money. Dear Chairman is a fascinating and colorful history. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate as investor or manager." -- -Charles R. Schwab, Chairman, The Charles Schwab Corporation -Charles R. Schwab, Chairman, The Charles Schwab Corporation "The story of the rise of shareholder activism has never been told as compellingly and instructively as Jeff Gramm offers it in Dear Chairman, a book that dissects the dramatic deals and brings to life the unbelievable characters of the past 100 years." -- -Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission -Arthur Levitt, Former Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission "When major shareholders get actively involved, how do they think about companies and their value? Jeff Gramm breaks new ground in a book which is exciting, wise, well-written, and above all else instructive and useful." -- -Tyler Cowen, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation, professor of economics George Mason University "This is a rare book, masterful in both technical understanding and in narrative." -- -Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge and The Forgotten Man "Jeff Gramm's fascinating archaeology of shareholder activism lays bare the foundation upon which today's turbulent, performance oriented stock market stands. Dear Chairman is an important, interesting, and insightful history." -- Frederick W. Smith Chairman & CEO FedEx Corporation Frederick W. Smith Chairman & CEO FedEx Corporation Frederick W. Smith Chairman & CEO FedEx Corporation Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation "The letters give insight into how shareholder activism can both benefit and harm companies. Gramm's findings will intrigue and inform history buffs and activist shareholders alike. " -- Publishers Weekly

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