The loudest voice in the room : how the brilliant, bombastic Roger Ailes built Fox News--and divided a country

by Gabriel Sherman

Hardcover, 2014

Status

Available

Publication

New York : Random House, c2014.

Description

-- New York How did this man, whose life story has until now been shrouded in myth, become the master strategist of our political landscape? In revelatory detail, Sherman chronicles the rise of Ailes, a sickly kid from an Ohio factory town who, through sheer willpower, the flair of a showman, fierce corporate politicking, and a profound understanding of the priorities of middle America, built the most influential television news empire of our time. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Fox News insiders past and present, Sherman documents Ailes's tactical acuity as he battles the press, business rivals, and countless real and perceived enemies inside and outside Fox. Sherman takes us inside the morning meetings in which Ailes and other high-level executives strategize Fox's presentation of the news to advance Ailes's political agenda; provides behind-the-scenes details of Ailes's crucial role as finder and shaper of talent, including his sometimes rocky relationships with Fox News stars such as O'Reilly and Hannity; and probes Ailes's fraught partnership with his equally brash and mercurial boss, Rupert Murdoch. Roger Ailes's life is a story worthy of -- --Erik Wemple, -- -- --David Carr, The New York Times "Sherman is at his best writing with sweep about the history of cable news and placing Ailes in context."--Los Angeles Times From the Hardcover edition.An inside account of Fox News offers insight into its operations and influence, covering the original launch of the cable news network by Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch and the ways in which Fox has become a dominant force in American politics.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member froxgirl
Roger Ailes and how he gruesome. His career started benevolently enough with the mild Mike Douglas show but "progressed"/sarcasm to teaching Richard Nixon how to come to terms with TV. It only went downhill from there as he helped co-evil twin Rupert Murdoch to invent Fox News. Great background on his sad childhood and his even sadder paranoia, which extends beyond Fox all the way to his attempted takeovers of his New Jersey town. Much of the book shows him being consumed with power and with revenge against anyone who defies his mandates. It also clearly demonstrates that he is only against and never for. A truly evil and warped persona made for these times. I thought this was well written and researched, and fair, if not balanced.… (more)
LibraryThing member VGAHarris
A fair and balanced treatment of the main figure in establishing Fox News as an ideological cable powerhouse. Essentially it portrays Ailes as a brilliant but morally flawed genius who never shed his skin as a political operative when he teamed with Rupert Murdoch to form Fox News. Certainly interesting, but at a certain point you reach a saturation point with Ailes's petty neurotic foibles as he mounts personal and professional campaigns on many fronts, and uses Fox News as an outlet for his grievances.… (more)
LibraryThing member bness2
Excellent book for insight into the man behind FOX News. I get the sense that the author is giving fair treatment to Roger Ailed, in spite of how easy it would be to just trash talk him.
LibraryThing member MontzaleeW
The Loudest Voice in the Room: Roger Ailes, Fox News and the Remaking of American Politics by Gabriel Sherman is not only a book about Ailes as an adult but about how his father raised him and his childhood to adulthood. His father was a douche bag also and taught Ailes to be the douche bag Ailes is today. Ailes has perfected it. This book is good in showing Ailes personality though out his live and how people catered to him, I am not sure why at time, and this gave him even more power. This was before he was fired from Fox. This must me Trump's soulmate and why Trump took him to his bosom. I wanted to knock the stars down just for the subject but that wouldn't be fair, lol. I did however decrease the rating for all the extra things I thought were just too much that didn't seem to lead anywhere that I could see, but there were sooooo many people in his life it was difficult to track. Too many and it gets confusing. Good book on a bad character. Thanks for showing us that he was a dick his whole life and how he got that way.… (more)

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