By an incredible coincidence of timing, the author was given access to the inner workings of a corporate giant during a time when corporate leadership was unravelling. This is a great text for anyone interested in the evolution and tranformation of Disney, OR, the workings of leadership vs power between a CEO and a company's board, OR a great treatise on why governance rules and regulations have had to change in the last 5 years above and beyond the exploits of Enron. If ALL THREE interest you, this book is a grand slam. This book is almost a novelization of the corporate history of Disney and specifically Eisner, and reads more like a story than a business text. But the lessons are there for all to learn from, if nothing else as a shareholder to consider when making votes in an annual proxy. Good reading.
I love the book, but the editing was horrendous. Repeated phrases, mispoken words, "corrected" words from the speaker without removing the "incorrect" words. In many spots, it was like a rough cut directly from the recording studio, without final editing. Absolutely no attention was paid to the editing of this product. Very disappointing.
No idea as I didn't read it.
Michael Ovitz and Jeffery Katzenberg. They both came on as a friend seemingly with the best intentions. Both, by this account of the story got burned.
There were several moments in the book I remember laughing out loud.
As someone who was raised in a Disney household, and one that fell into Michael Eisner's timeframe, I was blown away at the business aspect to keep the wheels rolling. Fun and easy on the outside for us consumers, and a bloodbath inside. Holy mother of Mickey if you want to keep that magic alive I recommend not reading this. However if you want to really know what it takes to make the Disney machine work, this is it and I can't recommend it enough.
I 100% advise that you get this book on audible. It is honestly the greatest deal that you will ever find. That being said with the books length being over 25 hours there are some audio hiccups and missed edits where the reader will say a phrase twice when one of the phrases should've been edited out. That being said BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK!!!! It is well worth one credit!!! It's a well told story of the rise and fall of the Golden Age of the Walt Disney Company.
This was a LONG listen. I think once is enough for this title.
Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World, The Project on Disney
Apr 14, 1995
by The Project on Disney and Jane Kuenz
Not as intense as DisneyWar, but a great sociological exposé about the inner workings and politics of the parks
The firing of Jeffrey Katzenberg and the reception of the shareholders to Roy Disney.
Although the writer quickly mentions the success of Shrek, a Katzenberg smash hit, I wish he would of delved into the suspicion that Lord Forquaad is a cinematic jab at Eisner, (read: Lord F#*kwad).
From Wikipedia: There is some speculation that Lord Farquaad's appearance may be inspired by Michael Eisner, the then–CEO of The Walt Disney Company, owing to producer Jeffrey Katzenberg's animosity toward his former employer.
I think that most Disney fans and even the general public have, at some point, been exposed to the fact that Eisner was known as a tyrannical lunatic, who destroyed lives and fired everyone who disagreed with him. This book brings that to life and although it does credit Eisner for accomplishments in the epilogue, it really highlights how much of a monster he really was.
The book is written in a lateral and chronological way which helps understand the evolution of Disney, ABC and Pixar.
Special Collections Librarian at the Marion H. Skidmore Library, Digital Director of The Skeptiseum, co-host of The Thirteenth Four podcast.
Although it's a long book, it's very well worth finishing. A well-written and interesting history of an often neglected period of Disney history.
I feel a built guilty for peeking at the men behind the curtain, but equally relieved. They are just men, mostly men, after all. The multitude of facts sometimes reads like an annual report and one wants to yell at Mr. Eisner to stop treating people like crap and face up to his obsession, but who among us could handle that kind of power and influence with dignity?
This book is very long (thick). As a business coach I found it very interesting. It is actually very scary. It is amazing that people act in such a bad way. I think most expect so much more of people that have a monthly salary that exceeds what most make during a lifetime. Listen and get a better understanding of Disney. It is very good read and follows a chronological flow.
I was concerned when I realized I had purchased a 23 hour book but it is hard to stop listening to this. Who knew how many letters these guys would write about personal relationships?
It is a glimpse into a high stakes world of money and the personal foibles of those in power.