I am not exactly a fan of PE (Private Equity), have read to many horror stories about this industry. Too often it involves asset stripping and a huge amount of leverage. I guess there are exceptions though, although I haven't seen many.
One interesting read in this category is the following:
"Dick Smith is the Greatest Private Equity Heist of All Time"
"Want to know how to turn $10m in to $520m in less than two years? Just ask Anchorage Capital. The private equity group has pulled off one of the great heists of all time, using all the tricks in the book, to turn Dick Smith from a $10m piece of mutton into a $520m lamb."
And the not unexpected follow up:
"Why Banks Pulled the Pin on Dick Smith"