The highwaymen : warriors of the information superhighway

by Ken Auletta

Hardcover, 1997




New York : Random House, c1997.

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LibraryThing member CatEllington
K-Man and the "Masters of the Universe" ...

Leave it to a celebrated journalist with an outstanding history in the New York media (like Ken Auletta) to admirably gather together the powers that be in the communications industry for a one-on-one, straight from the horse's mouth exclusive of a tea-spilling, position-jockeying, verbal-fueding, backstabbing, money-worshipping, and all-out coveteous battle to be the ultimate titan ... To be the head tariff hoarder on the information superhighway, hence the title of Mr. Auletta's must-read exposé: The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway.

Incorporated from a number of Auletta's New Yorker articles during the decade of the 1990s, The Highwaymen features an illustrious cast of television networks, cable, computer, and telephone publishers, Hollywood studios, etc. These include, but are not limited to: Viacom, Time Warner, News Corporation, Microsoft, Disney, and Telecommunications, Inc.

Wait. I'm not done. The juiciest parts of this great Auletta masterwork, in addition to the major education that one could gain from its witness, had been his Barbara Walters-like interviews with the honchos themselves: Michael Eisner (a man whom I've always found interesting for some reason), Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Gerald Levin, Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone (he survived a fire, Mr. Redstone did), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (the former creative artist turned executive ... He was a good songwriter, too), Michael Ovitz (once the head of CAA, but who is no longer, thanks to Eisner), studio boss Barry Diller (one of Eisner's old partners, and Diane Von Furstenberg's number one fan, uh, man), John Malone (I'm speechless), etc., etc. ... And etc.

The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway had indeed been one of the most informative and fun-filled works of nonfiction that I've ever had the pleasure of reading. And I'd read the hardcover copy back in '98, intrigued by its original cover art, I might add. This work is a tremendous effort by Ken Auletta ... Unsurprisingly so.
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