In this title, the former longtime managing editor of "The Chicago Tribune" and editor of the "Los Angeles Times" tells the behind-the-scenes story of the ill-fated merger of Tribune Media Company with the Times Mirror Company - and through it, the story of the people and business decisions behind the epic collapse of American journalism. James O'Shea, a reporter for more than three decades and longtime managing editor of "The Chicago Tribune" was hired in 2006 as editor of the "Los Angeles Times". In "The Deal From Hell", O'Shea brings us behind-closed-doors to show how the fated merger of the Tribune Media Company with the Times Mirror Company - a move that resulted in bankruptcy and public scandal - illustrates the larger narrative of the death of journalism. Many of us assume that declining circulations and advertisements coupled with the digitisation of news marked the beginning of the end of true news, but O'Shea paints a much more nuanced and sinister portrait of journalism's fall. More than a paradigm shift in news delivery, greedy media-executives eager to fulfill financial imperatives are at the root of how news was undermined. O'Shea invites us on a journey through America's most powerful newspapers boardrooms and newsrooms, introducing us to the larger-than-life characters who founded two of America's seminal papers, and the cavalier cast that's done its best to dismantle that legacy in a book that is at heart a cautionary business tale. Shortly after the Tribune Company had acquired the Times Mirror, it was stuck with a $1 billion tax bill for back taxes. Even more immediately threatening than such catastrophic debt though was a circulation scandal at Newsday (owned by the Tribune). As financial pressures increased, newspapers retrenched and slashed their news budgets further. Faced with revenue declines, shrinking newsrooms, and debt, the Tribune sought rescue from Sam Zell - a billionaire real estate magnet known as the grave dancer. Crude, brusque, tough, and demanding, Zell had little use for journalists or journalism. With close ties to the executives and journalists behind this story, James O'Shea is poised to offer the definitive account of the end of news as we know it. A rich human drama and a cautionary business story, "The Deal From Hell" requires us to consider the real threats we will face if journalism disappears.