"When You Wish Upon a Star", "Whistle While You Work", "The Happiest Place on Earth", these are lyrics indelibly linked to Disney, one of the most admired and best-known companies in the world. So when Roy Disney, chairman of Walt Disney Animation and nephew of founder Walt Disney, abruptly resigned in November 2003 and declared war on chairman and chief executive Michael Eisner, he sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, corporate boardrooms, theme parks, and living rooms around the world, everywhere that Disney does business and its products are cherished.
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.
Here, too, is the creative process that lies at the heart of Disney, from the making of The Lion King to Pirates of the Caribbean. Even as the executive suite has been engulfed in turmoil, Disney has worked, and sometimes clashed, with a glittering array of stars, directors, designers, artists, and producers, many of whom tell their stories here for the first time.
Stewart describes how Eisner lost his chairmanship and why he felt obliged to resign as CEO, effective 2006. No other book so thoroughly penetrates the secretive world of the corporate boardroom. DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America's most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them.
DisneyWar is an epic achievement. In its sudden twists, its vivid, larger-than-life characters, and its thrilling climax, it tells a story that might itself have been the subject of a Disney animated classic, except that it's all true.
©2005 James B. Stewart; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Stewart has an astonishing story to tell. His notable accomplishment is that he tells it so well. The book is hypnotically absorbing." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
no....just this one
about 3/4 of the book....dry dry dry.
Waste of time, so boring it's the first book I quit half way thru. Boring, dry and totally uninteresting.
Absolutely Great Story
I loved the book. Great story on Disney Co during the 80s and 90s. The editing is terrible on this book though. It stops and repeats at multiple times during the book. Very annoying but story is worth dealing with the issues.
Drama, biography, gripping
James Stewart crafts a gripping narrative around Michael Eisner and his reign at Disney. At first the overwhelming back story and details seem unnecessary, but it serves to create the full picture of Mr. Eisner and Disney of the late 20th century.
Distinct but not campy voices for each character.
How one man saved then dismantled the happiest company on earth.
If you're not interested in what goes on behind the scenes at Disney, you probably won't enjoy this book.
I LOVE this book. Fascinating look behind the scenes of Eisner's reign at Disney. You really feel like an insider. Great book.
Absolutely! I was switching between reading the printed version and the audiobook. The narrator is really good and keeps your attention throughout!
This book gives you an in-depth look at how Disney was throughout the Eisner Era. You see clearly how Eisner ran this business both good and bad.
He seemed to be an enthusiastic reader!
I do think the audio edition is better than the book because I loved the narrator. Aside from the narrator this is a big book and not a light read. It's heavy and meaty and fascinating all that the same time. However I would like to go back through the print copy and see how many times the words "million" and "billion" were thrown around.
There really isn't a character. I found myself drawn to Katzenburg's story and did additional research and reads. But I liked all of the characters because it was like one giant corporate soap opera you were always changing who you rooted for even the villain.
Everything! He's awesome! I actually picked up other books that he narrated. He has a recognizable voice, good pacing and inflection.
Yes and no - it's big and I don't know if anyone could do it in one sitting. It took me several weeks to finish and I liked the opportunity to take a break and dig deeper into the topics such as their internet business, relationship with the directors and actors, the shows on network television.
50 year old woman, financial executive, interested in science, human behaviour and history in laymen terms & always enjoy good fiction.
Although the only book of this type I have ever read/listened to, I found it very interesting and enjoyed the business war presentation. If you think you might be interested, I recommend you give it a try.
This goes into great detail on the battles in the boardroom between the Disneys (and the creative folks in the company) and Eisner along with his battles with others. It is a great character study showing how he help the top spot for nearly 20 years by pitting people against each other and using a management style that can only be described as "megla-maniacal". Great detail into the split between Disney and Pixar showing how Eisner created it and never thought about the future farther than his next bonus package. Very detailed and might go on longer than some like but I thought this book just sped by.
This book is just awesome, the only reason it didn't get 5 stars is it didn't follow up on Eisner leaving Disney. As it ends he is still there, the book was released before Eisner departure. Still it's fascinating knowing the background of how he took Disney to being a major Media company.
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