Book of the Week: Breakdown by Norman Bacal


BESTSELLER (Globe and Mail: Canadian Non-Fiction)

Breakdown: The Inside Story Of The Rise And Fall Of Heenan Blaikie
by Norman Bacal

published by Barlow Books
9781988025155 | $29.95 CAN
HC | 336 pages | Available now

Distributed in Canada by Georgetown Publications

Heenan Blaikie was one of Canada’s leading law firms that boasted 1,100 employees and once had two former prime ministers on its staff – Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien. When it collapsed in February 2014, lawyers across Canada and the business community were stunned. What went wrong? Why did so many lawyers run for the exit? How did it implode? What is it that holds professional partnerships together?

This is the story of the rise and fall of a great company by the ultimate insider, Norman Bacal, who served as managing partner until a year before the firm’s demise.

“An illuminating insider’s account of the collapse of one of Canada’s premier law firms. Puts you in the passenger seat of a train wreck.” — Jacquie McNish, Senior Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

“Good storytelling makes for a good book. Norman Bacal’s ability to render a business story accessible to all readers, not just lawyers, makes this an entertaining read.” — Robert Lantos, film producer, Chairman, Serendipity Point Films

“A fascinating and important business story, whose lessons on the impact of culture and leadership apply to all organizations, regardless of size, sector or geography.” — Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO, Air Canada

“Jaw dropping!” — Drew Hasselback, Editor, Legal Post section of the National Post

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