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Beyond Business

Financial Times

Review by Ed Crooks

Published: February 22 2010 05:00 | Last updated: February 22 2010 05:00

Book cover of 'Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir from a Visionary Leader' by John BrowneBeyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir from a Visionary Leader
By John Browne
Weidenfeld & Nicolson £20, 336 pages
FT Bookshop price: £16

After the fall, the rehabilitation. That familiar arc in the lives of disgraced public figures is now being traced by Lord Browne, unceremoniously bundled out of BP after he was forced to resign as chief executive in May 2007, and now starting to rebuild his profile.

There is also a revelation, in the news that Browne twice talked to chief executives of Royal Dutch Shell about a possible merger, once in 1996 and again in 2004-05. That deal remains the dream of every investment banker in the oil business.

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