Summer 2009 Toolbox
A herculean effort to sell a company; a how-to guide that focuses on a board's function; an art dealer writes his family business story.
By Barbara Spector
A herculean effort to sell a company
Intimate Tyranny: Untangling Father’s Legacy
By Jean K. Mason
Centora Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2008
341 pp., $16.95
Raymond A. Kaltwasser (1897-1951) was a skilled businessman who built and ran his successful family company, General Metal Products (GMP) of St. Louis, and was admired by his employees and associates. He was also a mentally ill drug addict who brutalized his family.
Intimate Tyranny, written by Raymond’s eldest daughter from his second of four marriages, Jean K. Mason, chronicles the excruciating, years-long effort to sell GMP. The fractured family relationships that Raymond had left in his wake …
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