Disney War
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Disney War

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by James B. Stewart
     
 

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DisneyWar is the breathtaking, dramatic inside story of what drove America's best-known entertainment company to civil war, told by one of our most acclaimed writers and reporters.

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DisneyWar is the breathtaking, dramatic inside story of what drove America's best-known entertainment company to civil war, told by one of our most acclaimed writers and reporters.

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In one of the most talked-about business books of recent years, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist James B. Stewart offers a controversial and often unflattering look at the innermost workings of the Walt Disney Company. Uncovering a modern-day version of Richard III, this master storyteller presents the insider details of all the intrigues, betrayals, billionaire investments, and setups in Michael Eisner's kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684809939
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
02/22/2005
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.70(d)

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The fusion of chief executive Michael Eisner's identity with that of Disney— L'état, c'est moi—is hardly a rare phenomenon in either business or history. It has traditionally led to the downfall of nearly all absolute monarchies. A familiar tragic character in Shakespeare-Lear, Henry IV, Richard II, Macbeth, Richard III-is the ruler whose power is such that he bends the truth itself to suit his will. When Eisner himself sometimes referred to the ongoing drama around him as "Shakespearean," he might well have been describing Shakespeare's many explorations of this very theme, in which a monarch forgets his subjects and answers to the demands of his own ego.
—from DisneyWar

Meet the Author

James B. Stewart is the author of Heart of a Soldier, the bestselling Blind Eye and Blood Sport, and the blockbuster Den of Thieves. A former Page-One editor at The Wall Street Journal, Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to SmartMoney and The New Yorker. He lives in New York.

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Disney War 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever wonder what the reality was behind the happy, smiling faces at Disney World -- not to mention those of Disney's top executives? DisneyWar tunnels into the dark catacombs of the enchanted castle to reveal the carefully hidden underbelly of one of the world's best-known corporations. From the heady days of hit movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to the disastrous white-elephant construction of Euro Disney, from Michael Eisner's double crossing of his best friend, Michael Ovitz, to his fatal mistake -- underestimating the determination of Roy O. Disney, Walt's nephew -- James B. Stewart illuminates the entire odyssey that is Disney under CEO Michael Eisner. The book reads like a thrill ride at one of the Disney theme parks. You won't believe your eyes ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I'd been what I suppose you could say converted to being a Disney fan after marrying a former Walt Disney World 'cast member'. As I was walking through the parks one day, I looked around and thought about how corporate a place like Disney really must have been to have built such a global empire. I found Stewart's book in a Virgin right outside of Disney World and couldn't put it down. This was a fantastic book. What a wild ride from Walt's imagination to Eisner's reign.
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Well-written book about Eisner's tenure at ABC/Disney. The plotting, the dealing, the deal-breaking, the nearly ubiquitous backstabbing-it wasn't all Eisner's doing, but when Roy Disney waged a corporate campaign against Eisner, Disney employees voted over 70% of their 401K shares against Eisner. Also explains why ABC Family is so awful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great behind the scenes book about the Happiest Place on Earth.
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Christopher Brower More than 1 year ago
Stewart presents a riviting and comprehensive account of the Disney empire under the leadership of Michael Eisner. From his assention to retirement, Eisner obstensively saved the ailing company and ruled it with as a personal kingdom. This fantastic work takes us through every significant moment of Eisner's tenure in an objective manner that allows us to feel the joy of every success and the pain of every betrayal. As a Disney fan and not so avid reader, I highly recommend this book if you want to learn an important piece of Disney history.
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BKWorm7 More than 1 year ago
This informative look into the Wonderful World of Disney delves into all aspects regarding the reign of CEO Michael Eisner. This book is very interesting in that it details how the supposedly happiest company on earth was subject to some of the worst aspects of human nature and its internal workings transformed into the exact opposite of the public image that was presented. An informative read for those wanting to know what not to do with corporate power as well as a fun read for those who want some excitement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, and really showed the downfall of Michael Eisner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed James Stewart's book. Every bit as good as Den of Thieves, which was a classic. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes to read about boardroom intrigue and how a big company like Disney can be run in a dysfunctional way by a childish, self-centered, egotistical CEO.