This book is literally one of the most fascinating looks inside the inner workings of major cooperate management I have ever read. As is often the case, “truth” is indeed “stranger than fiction.” Although I am sure Michael Eisner is none too pleased with the result, the book comes across as fair and accurate, attempting to portray both sides of the story and acknowledgs when accounts of events differs. The narrator is one of the best I have heard. Other than a little strong language (don’t listen in front of the kids) I highly recommend this book.
What a GREAT book! I love Disney and this was fascinating. Great story telling, I hope he writes a follow up. Narrator is superb One of the best audio books I ever rented
I could not wait to get into my car to hear the next chapter. This book is fascinating. Should be turned into a movie.
Excellent book. This compelling chronicle draws the curtain on the back room dealings of the movers at Disney. Stewart's exhaustive research yields tremendous dividends to the reader. I was most struck by these powerful moguls' fragile egos. When such wealth and so many resources are at stake, decisions made with egocentric hubris immensely magnify outcomes. My take away after this book is that we are, at the base of it, humans with associated human fragilities. Ultimately, those fragilities manifest in puzzling human behaviors. Bloated salaries, exorbitant stock option awards, nor mega-deal-making can mask that reality for long. Now I feel compelled to read Maxwell's "There's No Such Thing As 'Business' Ethics". I recommend this book to those who desire to put faces to some of the most iconic entertainment business names of the 80's and 90's. It reads like the juiciest of novels.
This is one LONG book. But it was so riveting. I was not familiar with the players (except Eisner) prior to listening to this book but it didn't matter. You learn all the details. So many twists and turns it made me dizzy. What a colossal ego maniacal jerk is Eisner ... yet he did save Disney early on in his 20 year tenure with the company. The loss of Frank Wells was devastating all around and without Frank Wells, Eisner just ran rampant over the entire company. If you like a good book, ripe with plot twists, laughter and tears ... then this book is for you. The author had unprecedented access to Eisner and EVERYONE involved. What an eye opening look into Corporate America and Hollywood.
Very good book. Well documented (having court case testimony to use as a source doesn't hurt) and well delivered. Author does a good job of helping the listener keep the cast of characters straight. Ironic how much leeway Eisner got in his handling of Wells, Katzenberg & Ovitz yet he was the common thread in all of those conflicts.
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.