Bryan Burrough

Bryan Burrough (born August 13, 1961 in Tennessee) is an American author and correspondent for Vanity Fair.[1] He has written six books. Burrough was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Dallas, Texas, between 1983 and 1992. He has written for Vanity Fair since 1992.[1] While a Wall Street Journal reporter, he won the Gerard Loeb Award for excellence in financial journalism three times. Burrough has written a number of book reviews and OpEd articles for publications such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He has also made appearances on "Today", "Good Morning America", and many documentaries.[1]

He is credited as consultant on the films Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) and Public Enemies (2009). [2]

Bryan Burrough
Burrough in 2004
Burrough in 2004
BornAugust 13, 1961 (age 57)
Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, Reporter, Correspondent
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
Notable worksPublic Enemies, Barbarians at the Gate


Burrough obtained his degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1983.[1]


He stated in a Book TV interview on C-SPAN 2 with Joe Barton that he was born in Memphis, Tennessee but moved to Temple, Texas when he was seven years old. He lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Marla and their two sons.


Books non-fiction
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (1990, with John Helyar)
  • Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra (1992)
  • Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard Mir (1998)
  • Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 (2004)
  • The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes (2009)
  • Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence (2015)

Other writing:

  • "Death and Taxes" (February 2009)


  • Public Enemies (2009). Was based on his book Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34


  • 1989 Gerald Loeb Award for Deadline and/or Beat Writing for coverage of the RJR Nabisco buyout (shared with John Helyar)[3]
  • 1991 Gerald Loeb Award for Large Newspapers for the story "The Vendetta"[4]
  • 1994 Gerald Loeb Award for Magazines for the story "Divided Dynasty"[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bio at Bryan Burrough". Bryan Burrough. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bryan Burrough". Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  3. ^ "Historical Winners List". UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Thomson, Susan (June 1991). "Loeb Winners Announced" (PDF). The Business Journalist. 30 (1). Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. p. 3. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "2 Times Staffers Win Gerald Loeb Awards". Los Angeles Times. May 10, 1994. Retrieved February 1, 2019.

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Barbarians at the Gate (film)

Barbarians at the Gate is a 1993 television movie based upon the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, about the leveraged buyout (LBO) of RJR Nabisco.

The film was directed by Glenn Jordan and written by Larry Gelbart. It stars James Garner as F. Ross Johnson, the CEO of RJR Nabisco, and Jonathan Pryce as Henry Kravis, his chief rival for the company. It also features Peter Riegert, Joanna Cassidy and Fred Dalton Thompson.

The film won both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie and the Golden Globe for Best Television Movie while James Garner won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. FOX also aired the film later in the same year.

Blair Effron

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Effron is also active in Democratic Party politics and was a prominent supporter of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.


Burrough may refer to:

Former spelling of Borough

Bryan Burrough (b. 1961), American author and magazine correspondent

Edward Burrough (1634–1663), English Quaker leader and controversialist

Harold Burrough (1889–1977), British naval officer

James Burrough (disambiguation), more than one person with the name

John Burrough (disambiguation), more than one person with the name

Ken Burrough (b. 1948), American football player

William Burrough (disambiguation), more than one person with the nameSee alsoBurroughs (disambiguation)



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F. Ross Johnson

Frederick Ross Johnson, OC (December 13, 1931 – December 29, 2016) was a Canadian businessman, best known as the chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco in the 1980s.

Herman Hollis

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John Helyar

John Helyar (born 1951) is an American former journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal, Fortune magazine,, ESPN The Magazine and Bloomberg News. He currently works as a research analyst at Select Equity Group.Helyar is the author of the books Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball (which, according to WorldCat, is held in 688 libraries).His reporting with Bryan Burrough on RJR Nabisco earned them the 1989 Gerald Loeb Award for Deadline and/or Beat Writing. They turned their research into the book Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco (held in 2249 libraries ), which was made into a film of the same title.

Liar's Poker

Liar's Poker is a non-fiction, semi-autobiographical book by Michael Lewis describing the author's experiences as a bond salesman on Wall Street during the late 1980s. First published in 1989, it is considered one of the books that defined Wall Street during the 1980s, along with Bryan Burrough and John Helyar's Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco, and the fictional The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. The book captures an important period in the history of Wall Street. Two important figures in that history feature prominently in the text, the head of Salomon Brothers' mortgage department Lewis Ranieri and the firm's CEO John Gutfreund.

The book's name is taken from liar's poker, a high-stakes gambling game popular with the bond traders in the book.

List of After Words interviews first aired in 2009

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List of Booknotes interviews first aired in 2004

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Public Enemies (2009 film)

Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Set during the Great Depression, the film chronicles the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), Dillinger's relationship with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), as well as Purvis' pursuit of Dillinger's associates and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter (Stephen Dorff) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham).

Burrough originally intended to make a television miniseries about the Depression-era crime wave in the United States, but decided to write a book on the subject instead. Mann developed the project, and some scenes were filmed on location where certain events depicted in the film occurred, though the film is not entirely historically accurate.

RJR Nabisco

RJR Nabisco, Inc., was an American conglomerate, selling tobacco and food products, headquartered in the Calyon Building in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. RJR Nabisco stopped operating as a single entity in 1999; however, both RJR (as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company) and Nabisco (now part of Mondelēz International) still exist.

The Big Rich

The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes is the fifth book by Bryan Burrough, published in 2009. The book tells the story of four Texas oil men and their families that made large fortunes in the oil industry: Hugh Roy Cullen, Clint Murchison, Sid Richardson and H.L. Hunt.


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