This is a somewhat interesting book by the former manager of the law firm Heenan Blakie. Bacal started when the firm was a small Montreal player and went on to open the Toronto office, grow the firm into a large national and international player, become co-managing partner and ultimately shepherd the firm through its demise. At the same time he developed a name for himself as a tax expert in the film financing market, married his high school girlfriend, raised four children and became a black belt in karate before his knees gave out on him.
Of course, I think the audience for this book is limited - even as a former lawyer I skimmed over some of the detail about law firm politics and tax shelters. And Bacal did seem to take pains to blame others for the firm's demise - he paid lip service to the role he played, but minimized mistakes he and his co- managing partner made. Bacal was clearly a risk taker and some of his risks didn't pay off.
The book also got confusing - there were just too many players. I know all of them played an important role in the firm, and in Bacal's life, so mentioning them was important. I just couldn't keep them all straight at times. And I read the e-book which made it harder to flip back and forth to remind myself who someone was.
That being said I do recommend this book as a cautionary tale for law firm managers, or frankly any managers, on how even a large, seemingly invincible, firm can fall apart at the seams.