The Deal from Hell by James O'Shea
How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers

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In his best moments Mr. O'Shea aims to highlight "the shortcomings and mistakes to which all parties" in the industry "plead guilty." But too much of the book gives his own party—the "fools, knaves, idealists, and dreamers" of the newsroom—a get-out-of-bankruptcy-free card.
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In 2000, after the Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror Corporation, it comprised the most powerful collection of newspapers in the world. How then did Tribune nosedive in to bankruptcy and public scandal? The Deal from Hell is the riveting narrative in which veteran editor James O’Shea takes us behind the scenes of the decisions that led to that ongoing disaster.
 

About James O'Shea

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James O'Shea, once managing editor of The Chicago Tribune and editor of the The Los Angeles Times, was most recently CEO and editor-in-chief of the Chicago News Cooperative. The author of two acclaimed books, O'Shea was a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard in 2009.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by PublicAffairs. 418 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by MATT WELCH on Jul 08 2011

In his best moments Mr. O'Shea aims to highlight "the shortcomings and mistakes to which all parties" in the industry "plead guilty." But too much of the book gives his own party—the "fools, knaves, idealists, and dreamers" of the newsroom—a get-out-of-bankruptcy-free card.

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