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"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.

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.

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?

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. 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 animated classic — except that it's all true.

Review:

"The most explosive chapter of this exceptional, much-anticipated book may be its last, wherein Stewart (Den of Thieves, etc.) indicts Disney chief Michael Eisner on multiple charges: 'Eisner squandered Disney's assets' [and] 'committed personnel and judgment errors which... in the vitriol and publicity they generated, are without parallel in American business history.' Eisner, Stewart finds, is a 'Shakespearean tragic character' whose fatal flaw is 'dishonesty,' which in the author's view led directly to the ruptures with Steve Jobs (Pixar) and the Weinstein brothers (Miramax), the Disney Company's most important partners, and to former animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg's successful $280 million suit against Disney for moneys owed upon his firing. Stewart's DisneyWorld is a land riven by naked ambition and its necessary consequence, hubris, as during his reign (1984?present) Eisner left behind 'a trail of deeply embittered former employees.' One of Eisner's many achievements — Stewart tosses his subject petals as well as thorns — was the construction of the Team Disney headquarters in Burbank, buttressed by towering models of the Seven Dwarves; but there's no real place for Happy in the Disney world that the author portrays with unflagging precision. Stewart smartly frames his book with personal experience, opening with a description of his difficult training and inept performance in a Goofy suit at DisneyWorld, and closing with several encounters with Eisner (who, amazingly, cooperated with the book in part); at one, Eisner explained to Stewart that 'Disney' is a French name, and that a Frenchman would pronounce the name D'Eisner as 'Disney.' Stewart understands the medieval nature of corporate life and presents business as a clash not only of ideas but of personalities. With a dream cast that includes Katzenberg and fallen überagent Michael Ovitz — both of whom come off no worse than Eisner, which is faint praise — plus heir apparent Robert Iger and ultimate Eisner nemesis Roy Disney (the book's hero, if there is one), Stewart has an astonishing story to tell. His notable accomplishment is that he tells it so well. The book is hypnotically absorbing — nearly 600 dense pages drawing on an impressive array of sources to build what reads like an airtight case against Eisner's leadership. There's much more craft than art here — Stewart's prose and approach are meticulous but lack the empathy and deep insight that can make a character truly Shakespearean; this is journalism told not with a novelist's eye but with a master journalist's — yet that craft is expert throughout and will help thrust this book toward the top of national bestseller lists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The book describes an Eisner-dominated atmosphere of nonstop conflict and bickering....It tells a messy, fractious story complete with its own Seven Dwarfs: Sneaky, Screamy, Pushy, Greedy, Grabby, Nasty and Snarky. Snow White is nowhere to be seen." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"DisneyWar is a compelling and often brilliant tale...a monumental achievement of in-depth reporting..." Washington Post

Review:

"Stewart has both swallowed and been swallowed by his subject....Though in every way an admirable and finely written book, DisneyWar fails to deliver on its antic title and proves too earnest by at least 200 pages." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"A meticulously reported if passionless volume that relies on its characters to supply the small-minded intrigues and large-scale, egomaniacal meltdowns that make for (morbidly) fascinating reading." Newsday

Review:

"Whether you find Disney a symbol of childhood magic or the apotheosis of promotional greed, you're likely to find DisneyWar an engrossing story of human foibles running amok in one of the world's most famous workplaces." Boston Globe

Review:

"Stewart gets deep inside the Eisner empire....[He] evenhandedly depicts the thrilling ups and scalding downs of Disney's business performance." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"The fall of Michael Eisner, with its Shakespearean overtones, is a business history, a character study, and a record of how lives are lived at the peak of American business...in every way admirable and finely written." Orlando Sentinel

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

James B. Stewart is the author of Heart of a Soldier, the bestselling Blind Eye and Blood Sport, and the blockbuster Den of Thieves. A former Page-One editor at the Wall Street Journal, Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to SmartMoney and The New Yorker. He lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743267090
Author:
Stewart, James B
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Stewart, James B.
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Walt Disney Company
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - Strategies
Subject:
Industries - Media & Communications Industries
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Eisner, Michael
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Subject:
Corporate History
Subject:
walt disney company, michael eisner, disney ceo, president of disney, pixar, lion king, beauty and the beast, disney animation, dreamworks skg, michael ovitz, jeffrey katezenberg, eisner ouster, fortune 500, disney downfall, blind eye, heart of a soldier,
Subject:
walt disney company, michael eisner, disney ceo, president of disney, pixar, lion king, beauty and the beast, disney animation, dreamworks skg, michael ovitz, jeffrey katezenberg, eisner ouster, fortune 500, disney downfall, blind eye, heart of a soldier,
Subject:
walt disney company, michael eisner, disney ceo, president of disney, pixar, lion king, beauty and the beast, disney animation, dreamworks skg, michael ovitz, jeffrey katezenberg, eisner ouster, fortune 500, disney downfall, blind eye, heart of a soldier,
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-16 pp photo insert
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 20.02 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The most explosive chapter of this exceptional, much-anticipated book may be its last, wherein Stewart (Den of Thieves, etc.) indicts Disney chief Michael Eisner on multiple charges: 'Eisner squandered Disney's assets' [and] 'committed personnel and judgment errors which... in the vitriol and publicity they generated, are without parallel in American business history.' Eisner, Stewart finds, is a 'Shakespearean tragic character' whose fatal flaw is 'dishonesty,' which in the author's view led directly to the ruptures with Steve Jobs (Pixar) and the Weinstein brothers (Miramax), the Disney Company's most important partners, and to former animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg's successful $280 million suit against Disney for moneys owed upon his firing. Stewart's DisneyWorld is a land riven by naked ambition and its necessary consequence, hubris, as during his reign (1984?present) Eisner left behind 'a trail of deeply embittered former employees.' One of Eisner's many achievements — Stewart tosses his subject petals as well as thorns — was the construction of the Team Disney headquarters in Burbank, buttressed by towering models of the Seven Dwarves; but there's no real place for Happy in the Disney world that the author portrays with unflagging precision. Stewart smartly frames his book with personal experience, opening with a description of his difficult training and inept performance in a Goofy suit at DisneyWorld, and closing with several encounters with Eisner (who, amazingly, cooperated with the book in part); at one, Eisner explained to Stewart that 'Disney' is a French name, and that a Frenchman would pronounce the name D'Eisner as 'Disney.' Stewart understands the medieval nature of corporate life and presents business as a clash not only of ideas but of personalities. With a dream cast that includes Katzenberg and fallen überagent Michael Ovitz — both of whom come off no worse than Eisner, which is faint praise — plus heir apparent Robert Iger and ultimate Eisner nemesis Roy Disney (the book's hero, if there is one), Stewart has an astonishing story to tell. His notable accomplishment is that he tells it so well. The book is hypnotically absorbing — nearly 600 dense pages drawing on an impressive array of sources to build what reads like an airtight case against Eisner's leadership. There's much more craft than art here — Stewart's prose and approach are meticulous but lack the empathy and deep insight that can make a character truly Shakespearean; this is journalism told not with a novelist's eye but with a master journalist's — yet that craft is expert throughout and will help thrust this book toward the top of national bestseller lists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The book describes an Eisner-dominated atmosphere of nonstop conflict and bickering....It tells a messy, fractious story complete with its own Seven Dwarfs: Sneaky, Screamy, Pushy, Greedy, Grabby, Nasty and Snarky. Snow White is nowhere to be seen."
"Review" by , "DisneyWar is a compelling and often brilliant tale...a monumental achievement of in-depth reporting..."
"Review" by , "Stewart has both swallowed and been swallowed by his subject....Though in every way an admirable and finely written book, DisneyWar fails to deliver on its antic title and proves too earnest by at least 200 pages."
"Review" by , "A meticulously reported if passionless volume that relies on its characters to supply the small-minded intrigues and large-scale, egomaniacal meltdowns that make for (morbidly) fascinating reading."
"Review" by , "Whether you find Disney a symbol of childhood magic or the apotheosis of promotional greed, you're likely to find DisneyWar an engrossing story of human foibles running amok in one of the world's most famous workplaces."
"Review" by , "Stewart gets deep inside the Eisner empire....[He] evenhandedly depicts the thrilling ups and scalding downs of Disney's business performance."
"Review" by , "The fall of Michael Eisner, with its Shakespearean overtones, is a business history, a character study, and a record of how lives are lived at the peak of American business...in every way admirable and finely written."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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