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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
May 26, 2009 Ken Kuhlken rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 14, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 14, 2013 Pinky added it
Who knew Otis was so old? I learned a lot from this book.
Nov 26, 2015 Jeffschaffer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only was this a biography of the Chandler Family but really a history of my native city, Los Angeles.
Jun 04, 2008 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
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.
Jun 12, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 24, 2012 Kan rated it liked it
History of the LA Times. Great first half, 2nd half fails to capture same historical background I was enjoying from the first half.
Jan 20, 2010 Lynn rated it really liked it
A great history of the LA Times and the Chandler family. A lot of detail- good read for anyone who likes history.
Mar 27, 2007 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2013 Jon Evers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book about the LATime newspaper and the history of the city of Los Angeles.
Jan 20, 2011 Beau rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at SoCal's last 130 years.
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“The newspaper publisher who hangs around clubs or becomes a crony to sundry businessmen cannot run a good newspaper.” 0 likes
“As the final computerized decade of the twentieth century came into view, time itself seemed to speed up and compress into smaller and smaller bytes, leaving less and less time over the breakfast table to ruminate on the fascinating aboriginal lore from the Australian outback or on the clandestine Israeli airlift of Ethiopian Jews out of southern Sudan. Readers preferred news that affected their own lives and they wanted it now. Leisure time was a luxury that fewer and fewer times subscribers enjoyed.” 0 likes
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