DisneyWar by James B. Stewart '73 Released Three Weeks Early, Already a Bestseller
February 11, 2005
February 11, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "DisneyWar, James B. Stewart's expose of Michael Eisner's 20-year tenure at Disney, arrived in bookstores Wednesday -- three weeks ahead of schedule," notes Variety. The much anticipated book by Stewart, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former front page editor of the Wall Street Journal and 1973 graduate of DePauw University, is ranked as the #10 best-seller at Barnes & Noble.com today and #19 at Amazon.com.
Stewart's book hits shelves as Disney holds its annual shareholders meeting in Minneapolis today. The Associated Press reports, "just in time for the meeting, a hefty new book, written with Disney's cooperation, paints an unflattering portrait of [CEO] Eisner and his heir apparent, President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Iger. The book, DisneyWar, by James B. Stewart, shows Eisner unsure about the qualifications of his second-in command and Iger complaining about his lack of visibility in the company."
Gary Gentile writes, "Stewart is a former reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer prize for his stories about insider trading. He is the author of several books, including Den of Thieves, which examined the Wall Street insider-trading scandals, and Blood Sport, which looked at the Clinton Whitewater investigation. He was given access to top Disney executives over a two-year period for this book."
James B. Stewart, who serves as chair of DePauw's Board of Trustees, spoke at his alma mater on April 7, 2003. Access a story that includes video and audio clips from that lecture by clicking here.Back