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Kirkus, June 1, 2011
“Numerous books have covered endangered daily newspapers, but few relate the sad saga from the perspective of a top editor with investigative reporting experience… Given O'Shea's level of detail and candor, some journalism icons will almost surely lose respect within their field…A spirited, fascinating insider's account of a troubled realm.”
New Statesman, January 7, 2011
“This book is a passionate and heavily researched account of the case against the cyber-utopians.”
Crain’s Chicago Business, June 15, 2011
“Journalists will enjoy reading about the veteran newsman's early days in the business, and industry watchers get a behind-the-scenes look at Wall Street's role…. He takes the reader all over the world — to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune and on a private jet to meetings with correspondents in the Middle East. And he names names.”
Financial Times, July 7, 2011
“This woeful story has never had such a good unpacking as James O’Shea, a former editor at the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, has given it in The Deal From Hell… In an exhaustively reported book, O’Shea makes a compelling case that greed, mismanagement and a lack of foresight had as much to do with the destruction of American newspapers as did the rise of the web…The Deal From Hell is a well-reported book, and O’Shea is armed with compelling statistics and vivid, damning anecdotes to make his point…Ultimately this is a book for people who, like O’Shea, love newspapers.”
Publishing Perspectives, July 5, 2011
“Mr. James O’Shea’s beguiling admixture, the eyewitness-cum-memoirist, combined with his Pulitzer-laden editorial pedigree makes for jaw-dropping vignettes, hilarious asides and harrowing portraits of pinstriped idiocy. But is The Deal from Hell important? Hell, yes. Every citizen in the republic — and every C-suite publishing executive — should hear what this book has to say, if only to discover how desperately besieged is our fount of Public Discourse.”
Tucson Citizen, August 2, 2011
“If you watched in dismay at the recent gutting of the Arizona Daily Star, this new book should be at the top of your summer reading list…How Wall Street bankers plundered great American newspapers to line their pockets is a story that will make most readers burn with rage. Based on exclusive interviews and testimony from bankruptcy proceedings, this narrative is filled with examples of backstabbing, double dealing, and outright insidious behavior or how big business is often conducted in modern America.”
This story will not be of interest to everyone, but will be informative to all who read it.
Seemed to have quite a lot of unnecessary background and left me wondering why it was written other than a opportunity to express sour grapes.
The editorial job is to create an audience by serving public need and desire for information.
Haven't read it yet, but if its like O'Shea's other book, The Daisy Chain, it'll be a very good experience.Published 7 months ago by Wade Chabassol
I'm a big fan of the LA Times as I am from CA and travel there a lot. I've always enjoyed this newspaper. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Spell
1. This is an important book. Read it.
2. It is an editorial train wreck, but it is the only book on this subject
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Anyone in the biz needs to read this and anyone in the biz or near the biz will end up as angry and upset as I did, I suspect. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Darryl Gibson
Having suffered through the first year+ of the Zell days, I was anxious to read this book for O'Shea's perspective. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Daniel Williams
News papers must keep public respect to survive
Newspapers are the mouth piece of the community
Newspaper production requires taking large reams of paper and... Read more
O'Shea's book is full of information, but it is not well organized. That makes it a tedious tale. Much of what O'Shea writes is indicative of the general decline of journalism. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by G. Donald Gale