House of Outrageous Fortune
Preface CLASH OF THE TITANS
Our hopes, like towering falcons, aim
At objects in an airy height;
The little pleasure of the game
Is from afar to view the flight.
—MATTHEW PRIOR, “TO THE HONORABLE CHARLES MONTAGUE”
“Complete bullshit!” barks Carl Icahn.
The fourth-richest resident of New York City, Icahn, seventy-seven, is typically described as a corporate raider by detractors, an activist investor by admirers....