Final Salvos in the Battle of Barnes & Noble; Burkle Says "I'm Not Trying to Take Over"
In the letter, Ron Burkle puts his more reasonable side on display: "The great job you do every day built Barnes & Noble into an iconic American brand and reshaped the way people buy books. Your hard work and dedication make Barnes & Noble a regular destination for millions of book lovers, and your devotion shows every day. That's one of the reasons we initially invested in Barnes & Noble and why we steadily increased our ownership to become the company's largest independent stockholder."
Burkle also says: "Unfortunately, the current Barnes & Noble board of directors has spent a lot of time, money and effort trying to scare you about my intentions and distort my record as an investor. I'll be blunt. Contrary to what you may have been told, I'm not trying to take over Barnes & Noble."
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