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Which is so odd. Stephen Schwarzman, a co-founder of private-equity giant Blackstone, has a new book out, “ What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence .” It has a lot to offer the non-Wall-Street-addicted, including an interesting portrait of Bloomberg etched by a peer before Bloomberg’s decision to run. In Schwarzman’s book, Bloomberg appears as a dogged, successful entrepreneur, a relentless innovator and brilliant business executive. That was then, it seems, and this is now. One-time Washington Redskins president Edward Bennett Williams famously complained that he’d given coach George Allen an unlimited budget and that Allen had exceeded it . Bloomberg gave himself an unlimi... Full story

22 February