Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty
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Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty

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Here is the riveting story of how a second-rate newspaper rose to national greatness, only to become a casualty of war-a civil war within the family that owned it. Told in a hard-edged, investigative style, it spans the American Century, from 1884, when the Chandler family gained control of the just-born daily, through April 2000, when they sold it to the Tribune Company....more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published April 25th 2001 by Da Capo Press
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Ken Kuhlken
If you want to know anything about Los Angeles, the LA Times, or if you're a fan of the film Chinatown and would like to get facts and opinions about the people who inspired the story, read this one.
An amazing history of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Times. Excellent insights of how newspapers are written and marketed as well as the massive egos involved.
Who knew Otis was so old? I learned a lot from this book.
Lots of great early L.A. history in the beginning, but it gets a little overly dramatic toward the end. Also, it moves pretty slowly through the first 3/4 of the book, but then it's like a race to the finish for the last couple of chapters.
From my perspective a bit over-dramatized, and not accurate at times. However well researched and informative. I appreciate the work he put into the book.
History of the LA Times. Great first half, 2nd half fails to capture same historical background I was enjoying from the first half.
A great history of the LA Times and the Chandler family. A lot of detail- good read for anyone who likes history.
The story of how Los Angeles was built. I don't want to give away all of the ending, but LA turned into a big city.
Jon Evers
I really enjoyed this book about the LATime newspaper and the history of the city of Los Angeles.
Fascinating look at SoCal's last 130 years.
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