DisneyWar

  • by James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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An in-depth inside look at Disney

This book delves deep in to the history and the people who shaped and forged the Disney company that we know today.

Covering many of the boardroom and board members fights and battles DisneyWar tells the stories and rivalries that the Disney brand would not want to associate itself with. The book covers many aspects of the company from the troubled construction and early life of Disneyland Paris their at times troubled partnership with Pixar and importantly the stories of many Disney movie productions and the battles that were happening behind the scenes.

If you are interested in Disney either as a company or simply a fan of their movies you'll certainly enjoy DisneyWar.
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- Iain

A glimpse behind the curtain at the Magic Kingdom

A delicious tale of behind the scenes boardroom struggles, set in the era of the Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and the Lion King. The juxtaposition of corporate power-play against family favourites that you?ll remember from your (or your kids?) childhood and the very competent narration make for fascinating listening.
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- Nicholas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-04-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.