Remember when Eisner took over Disney and the company rocked the go-go '90s, then slowly but surely, Eisner lost his way to the point where shareholders were actively battling him and Roy E. Disney was working to get him thrown out? Here's books about Eisner, about his leadership, and about his ousting...
by Kim Masters
This dramatic story of Eisner's ride and subsequent fall reads like a soap opera, featuring massively over-sized personalities and egos and starring Eisner's hubris and "loss" of his once-magic Disney-esque touch.
by Tony Schwartz, Michael D. Eisner
This is Eisner's autobiography — he tells the story about his childhood and then rise in corporate America, from NBC clerk in 1964 to Disney CEO 20 years later. He airs some dirty laundry, which is pretty entertaining... though this book was published in 1998, before the high drama of the 2000s, leading to his 2006 ousting.
by James B. Stewart
This is THE book that documents the crazy time at Disney during the late '90s and early 2000s — when Michael Eisner was clinging to his role at the top despite everyone (starting with Roy Disney) telling him it was time to go. The battle royale between Disney (the company), Disney (Roy, the man) and Eisner will occupy you for all 600 pages; it's well-written and builds a heck of a case. Hard to put down.
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About Eric Mueller
I live in Los Angeles, where it's not really about reading, it's about movies -- yet given the choice, I usually prefer to curl up with a good book. Most of my reading gets done on airplanes or laying in bed in that quiet hour right before lights-out. I'm also known to collect pretty much every book having anything to do with Disney's theme parks.
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