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Docked a star for being a Conan Hagiography,
This review is from: The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy (Hardcover)
I love Bill Carter's writing in the NY Times on TV, and I loved his earlier books on the Late Night Wars and on the Networks as well; he's an excellent writer who spins some great yarns. Much the same can be found here in "The War for Late Night", which gives you everything you need to know about the players in the late night TV game, and the disasterous deeds done by the bumbling networks.
However, the book, which I assume used Conan O'Brien as a main source of information, treats O'Brien as a saintly figure who possesses TV genius beyond almost anything we'd ever seen; furthermore, he also seems to be the nicest person ever, including everyone who has ever walked upright. I'm not a Leno or a Conan fan, so I don't have a side to root for here, but it would have helped to be a little less loving for Conan. With that in mind, it's still highly recommended.