- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Random House; First edition (January 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812992857
- ISBN-13: 978-0812992854
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
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The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country Hardcover – January 14, 2014
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“[An] actually fair and balanced, carefully documented biography.”—Jacob Weisberg, The New York Times Book Review
“The book excels at compiling data establishing Ailes’s control freakishness and authoritarian nature. . . . A veteran of the New York media-reporting scene, Sherman nails the Fox News palace intrigue and brings to light interactions that Ailes clearly never wanted to go public.”—Erik Wemple, The Washington Post
“[An] enormously entertaining new biography.”—The New Republic
“A thoroughly reported look behind that curtain . . . Part of the reason [Ailes] and his allies have campaigned against the book is not because it is false, but because it tells a true story.”—David Carr, The New York Times
“Sherman is at his best writing with sweep about the history of cable news and placing Ailes in context.”—Los Angeles Times
“[An] eye-opening biography of the would-be political kingmaker and Fox News mastermind . . . A well-reported, engaging book. A bonus: Bill O’Reilly won’t like it, either. Politics and media junkies, on the other hand, will have a field day.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Most recently, Sherman served as national affairs editor at New York magazine, and he is a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The New York Observer, and GQ, among other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jennifer Stahl. This is his first book.
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Mr. Ailes was a complicated individual. The author explains the evolution of Ailes from his humble beginnings to his rise as a media maestro. The book covers such topics as Mr. Ailes's college years, his work for the Mike Douglas Show, his chance meeting with candidate Richard Nixon which propelled him into political campaigns, his efforts into producing New York City plays, the George H.W. Bush presidential run, his first dabbling into conservative television at TVN, and his eventual success creating Fox News. About half of the book focuses on the happenings during his tenure at Fox News. It involves a lot of examples of the power struggles and ideological clashes between Mr. Ailes and enemies, some actual while others are just a figment of his imagination. Mr. Sherman helps flesh out his subject matter even more by spending time explaining Mr. Ailes throwing his weight around in his bedroom community of Garrison, New York. It's safe to say that the Fox News bully had an unhealthy oversized ego which grew out of control as he rose to higher levels of power.
The paperback edition includes an Afterword which explains many examples of sexual harassment and his rapid downfall at Fox News. The Afterword was first published in 'New York' magazine. There are no photographs in the book. Also, please take time to read Mr. Sherman's 'A Note on Sources' which is after his Acknowledgements near the back of the book. It explains the reporter's few encounters with Mr. Ailes and the push-back Mr. Sherman received while writing 'The Loudest Voice in the Room.' It is very illuminating. Sadly, viewers of Fox News will dismiss Mr. Sherman's excellent work because the propaganda station is much like an altar to them and they are the brainwashed disciples going forth to spread the conservative Fox News word. Critical thinking takes a back seat to their emotional needs. The paranoid Mr. Ailes melded his conservative philosophy and his genius for creating marketable propaganda into personal power and contributed to our country's current political dysfunction. It was a large factor in helping that bombastic turnip head from New York City win the White House. It's well worth reading.
You will admire Roger Ailes for his talent, his incisive and thorough understanding of politics and media, and his drive and perseverance.
You will also get decisive evidence of Ailes' domineering, smearing, and paranoid manner and the way it drove his network and influenced politics for decades.
Ailes' sun may be setting, but his impact will remain. The biggest question for me is which institution he harmed more: the United States of America, or the Republican Party?