This book intrigued me, as it came out during the time that mike eisnerd and his regime tried forcing Walt's nephew, Roy E. Disney, off the Board of Directors of the Disney Company.
It read like a spy novel. Who did what to whom. When did this person know about that. What was being done behind the scenes to get a certain outcome. For ME, it w...more
This is a well documented expose written in a narrative style.
It is a joy to read if you are into Disney memorabilia. It gives great historical background to many of the projects that were in the works at the time, ie Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, the Launch of the Disney stores, the development of euroDisney...more
Eisner is pretty vividly portrayed as a guy who was a big shot of creativity and energy that the company needed at a crucial time, but who was best when kept in check and when a string of hits staved off the infighting that later consumed the company. Fro...more
This book charts the twenty years of Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Corporation, how he went from being the saviour of the company to more or...more
Pulitzer Prize-winning Stewart, author of Den of Thieves (1991) about Wall Street insider-trading scandals, and Blood Sport (1996) about the Clintons' Whitewater caper, offers an "often brilliant" business history and character study with DisneyWar (Washington Post). Stewart, who couldn't have timed his investigative reporting any better, had inside access to Eisner, who cooperated somewhat. Balanced, informative, and exceptionally well-researched, Stewart provides a compelling tale of Disney's...more
Maybe it's because I'm a trained historian, but I found myself mumbling, sometimes shouting at my kindle: "according to who?" "says who?" "you can't know that was what happened!" There was just too much dramatization in this non-fiction book, too much certainty about people's thoughts, beliefs and conversations to which the author was not privy. I couldn't relax and trust it. Some dialogue is need...more
He almost sold PIXAR and really sent the Shareholders down the toilet. I highly Recommend this book to anyone who loves disney or is seeking knowledge. What im tellin...more
As I'm only 22, the years of Disney turmoil were my childhood, and my biggest concern was that Treasure Planet was a disgrace of a movie and there were n...more
Disneywar isn't quite that kind of book -- we're not traveling into the sweatshops where orphans with bleeding fingers sew buttons on Mickey's overalls -- but it does air a lot of dirty laundry about the 20-year period...more
This book, while briefly giving some of the company's history, documents events at Disney from the time Michael Eisner b...more
Holy moses was there a lot of corporate intrigue running through this company. The book begins in the early 1980's. Eisner actually does start out as a pretty nice guy--an executive on the rise who is bro...more
"What Michael likes is to put six pit bulls together and see which five die." --anonymous executive describing Michael Eisner's management style
"It's impossible to negotiate with Steve Jobs. Jobs is a Shiite Muslim." --Eisner, referring to the Apple/Pixar leader who was then his creative partner
"You don't do something because it's a sure thing. You do...more