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.
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?
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.
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