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A blistering, dramatic, bittersweet portrait of the global media industry - its key deals, dealmakers, divas and delusions. The global media industry has never been more powerful. And there is no more astute, forthright and entertaining chronicler of this roller-coaster world than award-winning writer Michael Wolff. In 'Autumn of the Moguls', a funny, frank, and incendiary account that looks hard at the great characters of this media age - from homes and gardens empress Martha Stewart to Disney czar Michael Eisner - he has written the guide we all need to the media, a world that is often more entertaining than what it produces.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007178834
ISBN-10: 0007178832
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: HarperPerennial
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » Michael Wolff can certainly schmooze with the best of them. Throughout this hilarious, merciless dissection of America's media he manages to gain invites to some of Manhattan's most exclusive parties, rubbing shoulders with the rich and powerful. However, this is no sycophantic tribute: Woolf outlines the damaging consequences of corporate control of the media, and the concentration of power in just a few hands. Along the way, there are portraits of key figures such as Rupert Murdoch and Martha Stewart, and while Woolf is ultimately bleak about the future of journalism in such a profit-obsessed climate, his writing is anything but depressing. Indeed, his punchy, irreverent style invites obvious comparisons with Tom Wolfe. This extended paperback edition includes an interview with the author and, somewhat bizarrely, a list of his ten favourite books. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » A media pundit delivers the unexciting news that big media is doomed-but does it with good humor. The chattering classes-a swath of Manhattan real estate that starts in Midtown and branches uptown into the Upper East and Upper West Sides-is almost by definition a world of inveterate gossips, snitches, and I-told-you-sos. In this self-important but ultimately silly world, Wolff (Burn Rate, 1998) is the biggest and (and often silliest) gossip of them all. Fortunately, he's an entertaining one. Wolff refreshingly makes no bones about being just as cruel and vindictive as the media in general, and he digs with great relish into the giants who have so thoroughly trashed the mediascape. He structures it all around a 2002 conference in which he was allowed to interview onstage (albeit via satellite) the titan of titans: Rupert Murdoch. But the conference-as well as an ongoing thread about the AOL Time Warner merger, which he calls "the worst deal ever made"-is really just a clothesline on which he can hang all his portraits of the moguls (or "mediaists," as he calls them) he hasn't yet been able to squeeze into his New York magazine column. Mostly it comes down to who's really "stupid" and who's not. Murdoch and Barry Diller earn a generous amount of respect, but based mostly on the amount of fear they instill in the author. Tina Brown and Martha Stewart get piled on, FCC chair Michael Powell is called "not just puffed up-at once both epicene and porcine," and Jean-Marie Messier . . . well, it's not pretty. Again, to be fair, Wolff slaps himself with the same hand that flips the finger at failing mediaists, describing himself as "a gnat feeding on the carcass of the media industry." Sometimes petty, often inspired: a gleeful death knell for the media industry as we know it. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff is a US National Magazine Award winner and two-time nominee. He is the author of the US best-seller Burn Rate, amongst other books. His media journalism also appears regularly in the Guardian and New York magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

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