“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 of what resulted when that was occasionally forgotten or ignored. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to participate in our great ownership system, as investor or manager.” -- 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
"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.
“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
"This is a rare book, masterful in both technical understanding and in narrative." -- Amity Shlaes, author of "The Forgotten Man" and "Coolidge"
“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, including correspondence ranging from the fabled Benjamin Graham to John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927, from Ross Perot to General Motors CEO Roger B. Smith in 1985, and more. Dear Chairman is an engaging and worthwhile read.” -- Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System