Master of the Game by Connie Bruck

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Award-winning journalist Connie Bruck’s biography of media mogul Steve Ross captures the highs and lows of Ross’s career in a narrative “as fast-paced as the life it depicts” (Publishers Weekly).

Born to Jewish immigrant parents in 1920s Brooklyn, Steven Jay Rechnitz would become an unstoppable force in the world of business, a figure both revered and reviled by those who knew him. His early ventures—a limousine rental service operated under the auspices of his father-in-law’s Manhattan funeral home and a parking lot company whose co-owners harbored dubious connections to the criminal underworld—inspired a taste for substantial risk that was outpaced only by Ross’s success in turning that risk into profit. In a career that spanned both Wall Street and Hollywood, Ross’s mastery of obfuscation, deflection, denial, and his imaginative approach to the law finally culminated in the empire he had long craved: Time Warner, the largest media and entertainment company in the world. Extraordinary in its depth of coverage, startling in its frankness, Master of the Game is a riveting journey through the mind and career of a man who was by turns flamboyant, charismatic, and completely outrageous—an unstoppable force in the pursuit of an outsized dream.

About Connie Bruck

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Connie Bruck has been a staff writer at "The New Yorker since 1989; she frequently writes about business and politics. In 1996, her profile of Newt Gingrich won the National Magazine Award for reporting, her second. Bruck is the author of "Master of the Game and "The Predators' Ball. She lives in Los Angeles.
Published April 2, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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 This much ballyhooed book starts out slowly and seems derivative.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Master of the Game

Publishers Weekly

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Bruck chronicles the fast-paced career of Time Warner's Steve Ross, who transformed his father-in-law's funeral business into the world's largest media company. (Apr.)

Apr 03 1995 | Read Full Review of Master of the Game

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This account of the man who began his career as a funeral director and rose to become the chairman of the largest media company in the world is as fast-paced as the life it depicts. Through interviews

Jan 03 1994 | Read Full Review of Master of the Game

Entertainment Weekly

Yet according to Connie Bruck's Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner, there were .

Apr 08 1994 | Read Full Review of Master of the Game

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