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DisneyWar Audiobook

DisneyWar

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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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    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 05-24-06
    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 05-24-06 Member Since 2017
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    "Keeps Interest Up"

    The only reason I am not giving this book five stars is because of the technical problems. I found myself comparing The Disney Companies to companies for which I have worked and the people to those with whom I have worked. I am coming away with a little more understanding of the frustrations and personalities of the higher ups in the organizations. I have worked with a few Eisners and it "ain't fun".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 11-22-05
    Richard 11-22-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Great Primer on corporate governance gone wrong"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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 13 people found this review helpful
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    sr 04-23-17
    sr 04-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Creativity, intrigue and betrayal"

    Fascinating story behind the rise and fall of one of Americas most notorious CEOs

    Amazing success in rebuilding one of the most iconic brands. Was the result worth the cost to himself, his family, and the betrayal of long time friends

    Listen to the book and decide for yourself!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    FullSpecs 01-11-17
    FullSpecs 01-11-17
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    "amazing insightful telling"

    I absolutely love this book I could not wait to listen to the next part Michael Eisner is a monster and it was really fun to hear about it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrien C 11-16-16
    Adrien C 11-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great insider view of Disney dysfunctional management during Eisner period"

    The narrative style of this book is engaging and quite addictive, letting us know more on Eisner reign as CEO and chairman of Disney.

    It's surprising to learn how such a respected business person as Eisner used Machiavelli-like tactics and intrigues to manipulate the board, and succeeded in maintaining his absolute power for almost 20 years with very few concerns whatsoever for shareholder's interest other than his own interest and few other board members'.

    One can only imagine the suffering and devastating psychological treatment received by Katzenberg and Oswitz during their tenure at Disney under Eisner and it is inconceivable how long Eisner managed to keep his place as the top Disney executive while he was clearly lacking of vision and creativity, and prone to so many costly errors, especially during his last 8 years as CEO.

    I would have love to learn on the post-Eisner Disney period and how Eiger managed to turn around the company and led it to become the entertainment juggernaut it is today. The book finished instead just before Eisner departure - Hopefully the author is already working on a sequel!

    PS: audiobook quality is good and the voice of the narrator rather pleasant. There are a couples of minor glitches on the audible version, where the narrator rephrases or repeats himself. Not a big deal, but those issues should have been nonetheless edited and corrected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Smith 10-22-16
    T. Smith 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "MIND BLOWN!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of DisneyWar to be better than the print version?

    No idea as I didn't read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were several moments in the book I remember laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Kevin 10-06-16
    Kevin 10-06-16
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    "Great Book, not great recording"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mandi Shepp 05-20-16
    Mandi Shepp 05-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A Fascinating History"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JD Robinson New England 05-14-16
    JD Robinson New England 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Rummaging Through Mickey's Closet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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