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Learn More About The Media in the 90s and 00s

A guide by Seth J

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Fools Rush In: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the Unmaking of AOL Time Warner
The biggest business failure of all time, plain and simple. Big dreams and egos got in the way of due diligence.

<There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for the Digital Future
Same Story

Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner
The optimistic beginnings of the Time Warner empire

The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up
The Mailroom features mightily in many of these books

The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood
David Geffen's an ^%&*^$ but knowing his story is necessary to understand media.

The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce
The story of the transformation of rock from mere entertainment into big bucks

And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records
Casablanca records, home of Kiss, P-Funk and The Village People. Tells us a lot about Neil Bogart.


Howling at the Moon: The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess
Walter Yetnikoff, former head of CBS records in the Michael/Bruce/Barbara era.
His story, and Bogart's lead us to...

Hit and Run
I wouldn't say this was the quintessential story of Hollywood in the 80s and 90s -- after all it's mentioned that Paramount and Time Warner were very strait-laced places...but this is one of the best books on how much money was being thrown around in those days.

Blockbuster: How the Jaws and Jedi Generation Turned Hollywood into a Boom-town
An eccentric writing style, but still very well done.

BOFFO!: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb
Peter Bart is THE authority when it comes to the business of Hollywood.


You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
An absolute classic. Phillips was hated for this book until the day she died.

Hello, He Lied -- and Other Tales from the Hollywood Trenches
More genteel than Phillips, but another look into the innards of Hollywood.

Media Man: Ted Turner's Improbable Empire (Enterprise)
Skip Ted's autobiography. THIS is the one you want.

The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch
Ah, Rupert.

The Fourth Network: How FOX Broke the Rules and Reinvented Television
Say what you want about him, Fox was a huge gamble and it could have broken him.

DisneyWar
The Magic Kingdom has had its darker moments, especially in the boardroom

The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
Last but not least, DreamWorks SKG, the little studio that couldn't.

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