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The Deal from Hell

How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers

by James O'Shea

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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 into bankruptcy and public scandal? In The Deal From Hell, veteran Tribune and Los Angeles Times editor James O'Shea takes us behind the scenes of the decisions that led to disaster in boardrooms and newsrooms from coast to coast, based on access to key players, court testimony, and sworn depositions.

The Deal From Hell is a riveting narrative that chronicles how news industry executives and editors - convinced they were acting in the best interests of their publications - made a series of flawed decisions that endangered journalistic credibility and drove the newspapers, already confronting a perfect storm of political, technological, economic, and social turmoil, to the brink of extinction.

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"Starred Review. A spirited, fascinating insider's account of a troubled realm." - Kirkus Reviews

"Journalists and students of the practice will appreciate this detailed insider account of the forces that are remaking newspapers... O'Shea's narrative skills will engage readers in this compelling story." - Library Journal

"This book is a passionate and heavily researched account of the case against the cyber-utopians." - New Statesman

"[O'Shea's] book stands out... because of its unforgettable details about what happened to diminish great journalism at the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times." - USA Today

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James O'Shea

James O'Shea, once managing editor of The Chicago Tribune was most recently editor of The Los Angeles Times. He is now 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.

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