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DisneyWar | [James B. Stewart]

DisneyWar

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.
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Publisher's Summary

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

"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

What the Critics Say

"Stewart has an astonishing story to tell. His notable accomplishment is that he tells it so well. The book is hypnotically absorbing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lee Atchison 07-01-05 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, bad audible book (poor editing)"

    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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette 01-28-15
    Yvette 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Read"

    I was hooked on every moment of this book. I know my friends and family are sick of me relaying the in's and out's of Disney's politics in the 90's. The narrator was awesome. I usually don't like readers to try impersonations, but there are so many names in the book that keeping voices separate that way went a long way. A must-read for Disney fans and people who like to hear how sausage is made, so to speak. You won't regret reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 11-02-14
    Simone 11-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting, but I can’t keep up!"

    I found the book very interesting, and I enjoyed learning about all the machinations and plotting that went into some of my favourite movies and TV shows, but keeping up with the ins & outs of the executive-infighting and corporate-contract-battles was hard. Most of it went over my head. I can say however that Eisner does not come out of this smelling like a rose!

    Overall I can’t really complain, the title of the book is “Disney WAR” after all - but it was all too complicated for me to follow. Too many moving parts.

    Regarding the technical glitches, they are minor. I agree that they should not be in there at all, it is a poor editing job, but they don’t distract from the recording at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 09-13-14
    Steven 09-13-14 Member Since 2014

    24 year old Flight Attendant from Chicago. Always looking for something to listen to at the airport!

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    "Very Good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of DisneyWar to be better than the print version?

    Really tells the story of the Eisner days. A lot of filler but it was really interesting look into one of the biggest companies in the world.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    You can tell he is very involved and passionate about Disney.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How one man saved, then destroyed one of the worlds leading companies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-07-14
    Suzanne Gilbert, AZ, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "LONG, but interesting"
    Any additional comments?

    Interesting book about behind the board room doors at Disney. The book is very long and sometimes I had a hard time keeping all of the players straight. I have a long commute, so I definitely got my money's/commute's worth for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave FONTANA, CA, United States 07-25-14
    Dave FONTANA, CA, United States 07-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This would make a great sleep aid"
    Would you try another book from James B. Stewart and/or Patrick Lawlor?

    no


    Has DisneyWar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no....just this one


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patrick Lawlor?

    perhaps


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from DisneyWar?

    about 3/4 of the book....dry dry dry.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time, so boring it's the first book I quit half way thru. Boring, dry and totally uninteresting.

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    Cullen Chadwick 07-20-14
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    "Great story!"
    If you could sum up DisneyWar in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely Great Story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Greenblatt Seattle, WA United States 04-03-14
    M. Greenblatt Seattle, WA United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Must-read for die-hard Walt Disney Company fans"
    If you could sum up DisneyWar in three words, what would they be?

    Drama, biography, gripping


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Distinct but not campy voices for each character.


    If you could give DisneyWar a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How one man saved then dismantled the happiest company on earth.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're not interested in what goes on behind the scenes at Disney, you probably won't enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 03-31-14
    Shawn Lindon, UT, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible"

    I LOVE this book. Fascinating look behind the scenes of Eisner's reign at Disney. You really feel like an insider. Great book.

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    Christopher Mansfield, MA, United States 02-05-14
    Christopher Mansfield, MA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Book for the Business World"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I was switching between reading the printed version and the audiobook. The narrator is really good and keeps your attention throughout!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to be an enthusiastic reader!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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