- Title: Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner
- Author: Connie Bruck
- ISBN: 9780140244540
- Page: 315
- Format: Paperback
In a career that began in Brooklyn and spanned Wall Street, Hollywood, and the Mafia, Ross built his father in law s funeral business and a parking lot company into Time Warner, the largest media and entertainment company in the world Hard hitting and compulsive reading, this book takes you into the heart of what made this arrogant yet irresistible man tick.
Recent Comments "Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner"
I really enjoyed learning the back story on Warner Brothers in my lifetime. My friend Doris M. Ligon would have loved this one as well; it has combined the parking lot industry, the funereal business, the movie business, the music industry, and the mob into a modern business history. Steve Ross was the man. behind the creative minds of the music and movies.
Connie Bruck writes [about Steve Ross]:Because he was a scholarship student, Ross was given the job of taking the younger children to Central Park each day; and the school's coach, noting his way with the children, asked him to be a counselor-in-training at a summer camp in Maine, Camp Kohut. Ross was given a bunk of five-year-olds. For Ross's young charges, he made all of life a game: they didn't walk to the mess hall, they go there by playing. In order to come out of their bunk, they had to gu [...]
I got this as an attempt to understand the transformation of Kinney Service Corp to Warner Communication. It has some data on that, but not that much. However, what I read was good enough, as it's more about Steven Ross and his art of the deal. Charisma and moxie are what kept him in the same job for over 30 years. The free-spending Ross would probably frighten most corporations these days (not to mention some of his less savory associates). Book seems fairly accurate.
OK book on Steve Ross, his rise and creation of Time Warner. A few tidbits to learn on the relationships between content, distribution and platform businesses. Giving it 3 stars because I bought the book to learn about Steve's business career, however the book spends a lot of time on the lawsuits and investigations around him and Time Warner.
Connie Bruck does a good job on the research about one of America's famous CEOs. I think at times the research gets too dense, but does present a fascinating portrait of Steve Ross and his creation of Time Warner. Good insight into the financial genius and charisma of Ross.
I was unable to finish this book. Extremely boring, almost nothing about business or the way he built the company, but a lot of details about lawsuits the company went through.
This book explains how the big media companies were put together. Not pretty.
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