Books: Memoirs of a Corporate Raider

Memoirs of a Corporate Raider

Over the past three years, Mesa Petroleum Chief T. Boone Pickens has become America's best-known corporate raider, earning more than $800 million for Mesa and its partners and striking cold fear into the hearts of U.S. oil companies. Knowing a good yarn in the making, at least seven major publishers have been competing for the rights to his autobiography. The winner: Houghton Mifflin, which will pay Pickens $1.5 million for his story. "We'll have some details that haven't been told before," said Pickens last week.

That statement is probably enough to guarantee sweaty palms in a few boardrooms as well as...

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