A Fascinating look into a very un-typical boardroom,
This review is from: Disneywar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom (Paperback)
There's little fun to be found in this book. To start with it's pretty hefty, with my hardback version coming in at almost six hundred pages. It's also quite serious, being a business study of one of the darkest periods in Disney's corporate history.
If the above hasn't put you off and you can get hold of this volume at a reasonable price then you're in for a treat. It's a fascinating account of Roy E. Disney's attempts to oust Michael Eisner from the company's boardroom in the early years of the 21st century.
Pulitzer prize-winner Stewart had access to both camps and gives a glorious account of a company in danger of destroying itself from the inside out... and coming through the battle scarred but arguably stronger than ever. He paints a balanced picture of Eisner as micro-managing control freak who wanted to run the company as his personal empire and didn't mind who he upset on the way - but got some amazing results too. And Roy Disney comes across as a man living in giants' shadows, trying to clear up a mess that he knew he was largely responsible for creating.
It would be a great read if it were about any large company. The fact that so many of the major players - both real and fictional - are known to us makes it all the sweeter.