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    The dramatic inside story of the downfall of Michael Eisner - Disney chairman and CEO - and the scandals that drove America's best-known entertainment company to civil war.

    "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 Disney does business and its products are cherished.

    Drawing on unprecedented access to both Eisner and Roy Disney, current and former Disney executives and board members, as well as thousands of pages of never-before-seen letters, memos, transcripts, and other documents, James B. Stewart gets to the bottom of mysteries that have enveloped Disney for years: What really caused the rupture with studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, a man who once regarded Eisner as a father but who became his fiercest rival? How could Eisner have so misjudged Michael Ovitz, a man who was not only "the most powerful man in Hollywood" but also his friend, whom he appointed as Disney president and immediately wanted to fire? What caused the break between Eisner and Pixar chairman Steve Jobs, and why did Pixar abruptly abandon its partnership with Disney? Why did Eisner so mistrust Roy Disney that he assigned Disney company executives to spy on him? How did Eisner control the Disney board for so long, and what really happened in the fateful board meeting in September 2004, when Eisner played his last cards?

    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. It tells a story that - in its sudden twists, vivid, larger-than-life characters, and thrilling climax - might itself have been the subject of a Disney classic - except that it's all true.

    ©2005 James B. Stewart. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    • rotinaj
    • 18/12/2017

    Really interesting story... No ending.

    What made the experience of listening to DisneyWar the most enjoyable?

    The story of the Second Disney Golden Age was really fascinating. Hearing about the events that led up to the Little Mermaid, Toy Story, the Lion King, and then the descent into not-so-good stuff with Pocahontas and the Hunchback was really cool. As was hearing about all of

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all repugnant jerks, for totally different reasons. Of the main lot, I'd say Jeffrey Katzenberg, even though I know he's a massive tool as well.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final schism between Katzenberg and Eisner.

    Any additional comments?

    Be warned, this book doesn't have a conclusion. It just kind of ends. I was fully expecting to hear the results of Eisner's ouster from Disney, and it ends way before then. Which was a bummer. It was still totally worth listening to.

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    • Casey
    • 14/02/2018

    One of My Favorites

    I bought a version of this book released by Blackstone when I first joined Audible in 2006. Even though this is not a new recording I picked up this version as well as I had a credit I needed to spend.

    This is a great book that goes inside the tenure of Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. While there are a few errors in the text that I noticed and at least one mispronunciation of a name, it is still as engrossing as the first time I listened to it back in June of 2006. In fact, I am probably still an audible member today in part because of how much I have enjoyed relistening to this one over the years.

    It is a lengthly listen at over 25 hours but it is never boring. Some of the most interesting aspects are learning of the shows and movies that Disney could have made but passed on like Lord of the Rings and Survivor. I think this a must listen for anyone interested in Disney history or anyone interested in knowing how to business both the right and wrong way.

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    • milo
    • 28/02/2019

    Corporate culture at it's finest

    A shockingly interesting listen about a topic i never imagined would be interesting. Recommended to everybody with any interest in corporate culture or disney.

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    • NJKC
    • 25/02/2019

    The Not so wonderful world of Disney under Eisner

    Excellent insight to the world of Disney.
    Very enjoyable especially learning the decision process behind many of the classic Disney productions.
    I was very discouraged with the lack of character and despicable behavior of Michael Eisner. The book also outlines the lack of Board oversight under Eisner.
    My only negative (4 vs 5 stars) was the inconsistencies of the narration. Soundly like certain sections were edited or rerecorded, and the change in volume and pace of speech were evident and distracting.

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    • Dressesandcapes
    • 06/12/2018

    If you like Disney behind the scenes you’ll love this

    Great book at the troubled times at Disney. It was super engaging and i really enjoyed learning about the behind the scene drama!

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    • JFlynn
    • 01/12/2018

    Great book

    Author does an incredible job of telling a complicated story. I am sorry it ended on 2005 and didn’t continue on further in the Disney Drama. drama.

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    • Brian Pearson
    • 11/11/2018

    Amazing Insight

    Detailed, riveting, and full of firsthand account of some of the biggest....and most polarizing....decisions made by Disney.

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    • WesleyS
    • 22/10/2018

    One of my all time favorites!

    This is by far one of the best Audiobooks I have ever listed to! I cannot recommend this book enough, especially if you are a fan of Disney/corporate history.

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    • Shannon Carty
    • 22/08/2018

    An Unexpected Page Turner

    I was expecting an interesting book going into this title, seeing as it came highly recommended by a favorite youtuber. I was not expecting a can't-put-it-down, just-thirty-more-minutes roller coaster. I wasn't even overly engaged in the book topic at first. That quickly changed as the author rolled out the "Shakespearean drama" that was the Eisner Era. I flew through this title in 3 days and could have easily enjoyed the author covering the next 10 years of the Disney company.

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    • Morticia
    • 17/08/2018

    A fun peek into the Eisner Era at Disney

    Hours of entertainment. Boy, Eisner was hilarious!
    Also nice knowing that others, not just Eisner where comically bad or inept.
    A great listen while you're doing chores or commuting to work, DEFINATELY worth the credit!

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