Steve Schwarzman’s book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, has certainly won its share of attention from The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones publications.

The book — part memoir, part a dispensing of business wisdom  — has been reviewed twice on the Journal‘s pages, and Schwarzman has given an interview to a Dow Jones private equity publication, where he warned about a growing asset bubble among early-stage, venture-funded companies.

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Stephen Schwarzman’s Lifelong Audacity, by Miriam Gottfried (WSJ, Sept. 13, 2019)

Book review by Daniel Akst (WSJ, Sept. 17, 2019)

Schwarzman Warns of Asset Bubble Reckoning for Investors (WSJ Pro Private Equity, Sept. 24, 2019)

Akst’s review, while generally positive, did say that King of Capital gives fuller insights into Schwarzman and his success than Schwarzman’s work, saying:

Mr. Schwarzman is well served by his ghostwriter, Philip Delves Broughton, whose handiwork is a model of clarity. Of course there’s more to any mogul’s story than a memoir is likely to retell. For a fuller picture of Mr. Schwarzman, one can always turn to “King of Capital” (2010) by David Carey and John E. Morris. Their three-dimensional portrait, which emerges from a close analysis of Blackstone’s biggest deals, presents [Schwarzman] as a driven yet risk-averse financier who has occasionally said dumb things, treated subordinates harshly and raised eyebrows with his lavish lifestyle. But he also emerges as trustworthy, tireless and even compassionate, at one point seeing to the medical treatment of a former colleague with cancer.

(Thanks, Dan. We really should meet sometime. Can we buy you a drink? 🙂 )

Our take on What It Takes after reading part way through: It’s a highly readable and pretty candid memoir, and Schwarzman goes to great lengths to recount his mistakes — not what you ordinarily expect in a CEO-author.

That was what we found interviewing him and others for King of Capital, and we concluded that this ability to acknowledge and learn from bad investments and decisions helped account for the firm’s strong record.