War at the Wall Street Journal

Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire
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Audio (9.60 hours)
Product Number: Z100028835
Released: May 31, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400196920
Narrator/s: Judith Brackley
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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This is a tale about big business, an imploding dynasty, a mogul at war, and a deal that sums up an era of change. The main character, rocked by feuding factions and those who would remake it, is the Wall Street Journal, which affects the thoughts, votes, and stocks of two million readers daily. Sarah Ellison, while at the Journal, won praise for covering the $5 billion acquisition that transformed the pride of Dow Jones and the estimable but eccentric Bancroft family into the jewel of Rupert Murdoch's kingdom. Going above and beyond her original reporting and the accounts of others, Ellison uses her knowledge of the paper and its people to go deep inside the landmark transaction-and also far beyond it, into the rocky transition when Murdoch's crew tussled with old Journal hands and geared up for battle with the New York Times. With access to all the players, Ellison moves from newsrooms (where editors duel) to estates (where the Bancrofts go at it like the Ewings). She shows Murdoch, finally, for who he is-maneuvering, firing, and undoing all that the Bancrofts had protected. Here is a superlative account of a deal with reverberations beyond the news, told with the storytelling savvy that transforms big stories into timeless chronicles of American life and power.

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Author(s): Sarah Ellison
Original Publish Date: May 31, 2010

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CD
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Author(s): Sarah Ellison
Narrator(s): Judith Brackley
Product Number DD18742
Released: May 31, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400116928
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Author(s): Sarah Ellison
Product Number EB00030795
Released: May 12, 2010
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Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: #9780547488516

Professional reviews

"This book is what journalists sometimes call a "tick-tock": a narrative so relentlessly detailed that it becomes exhausting. Ellison, a former reporter at the JOURNAL, gives a scrupulously fair account of Rupert Murdoch's courtship and eventual purchase of the paper. But the sheer number of characters is overwhelming, and it's easy for listeners to forget which individual we're hearing about and how he or she fits into the larger picture. (Audiobook listeners don't have access to the dramatis personae that appears in the print version.) One gets the sense that Judith Brackley feels the same way: Her narration is unemotional, even plodding at times, and doesn't do much to enliven the story. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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