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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Ellison Narrator: Judith Brackley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • War at the Wall Street Journal is the inside scoop.”

    Economist

  • “A scrupulously fair, careful account written from a close distance.”

    New York Times

  • “A definitive, indeed cinematic, account…played out on super-yachts and in corporate jets, populated by an irresistible cast of characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ellison, who covered the takeover of Dow Jones as a Wall Street Journal reporter, uses her access…to chronicle the deal with precision. Inside the news business such detailed narratives are called ‘tick-tocks,’ and hers beats like a metronome.”

    Washington Post

  • “Balanced and nuanced…a riveting and engaging examination of the current state of US media and the drama behind one of its most important companies.”

    Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lori Grant | 4/19/2013

    " A should-read company profile for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deirdre | 12/14/2012

    " i wouldn't have thought i'd be interested in this topic and just started it because it was written by a friend of mine. But i found it to be quite a page turner. very engaging, well written and interesting. and amazingly brave of her to write given that hardly anyone comes out well in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen Gilroy | 11/26/2012

    " I preferred Michael Wolf's bio of Rupert Murdoch on this topic. But this does give the backstory on what went on with the Bancroft family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 9/14/2012

    " Rupert Murdoch isn't an evil genius, he just knows what people want. A fascinating fly-on-the-wall report from a journalist working for the Wall Street Journal reporting on the process of acquisition. "

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