"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)
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.
24 year old Flight Attendant from Chicago. Always looking for something to listen to at the airport!
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.
You can tell he is very involved and passionate about Disney.
How one man saved, then destroyed one of the worlds leading companies.
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.
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.
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