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The Untold Story behind the Rise of ABC: The Stars, Struggles, and Egos That Transformed Network Television by the Man Who Made It Happen.
'The Library Journal
"The ... reader is rewarded with accounts of dozens of dramatic incidents, as ABC wages a quarter-century battle to gain parity with its giant TV network rivals, CBS and NBC. One learns of the decision making inherent in such trend-setting programming as Roots, Monday Night Football, Soap, and The Fugitive, and of the moves made to bring ABC News to its current pinnacle. In the end, Goldenson, still the corporate gambler at age 80, fends off the Wall Street 'sharks' by placing his company under the protective umbrella of Capital Cities. Recommended for libraries with large entertainment collections."
Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Now 84, Goldenson is retired from active management of the ABC-TV network, sold to Capital Cities in 1985. When he took over the network in 1951, it had newly merged with Paramount and was considered all but an industry joke, a distant fourth in a field of four. But thanks to Goldenson's willingness to experiment, to his light hand on the rudder, and to his ability to spot talent, he made ABC more than competitive, leading it to the top for several years. This story of the battle to rise, told with freelancer Wolf, is supplemented by dozens of recollections from others who were involved: Bob Hope, Roone Arledge, Barbara Walters. Most striking is Goldenson's candor; although a stickler for quality, he doesn't pretend that out-and-out excellence is the mission of TV. 'Motion pictures and television,' he opines, 'are a hokum business,' and estimates that 40% of television programming is pure junk. The book is important reading for students of media history."
Video Age International
"Goldenson spans a significant era, and his contribution to it on so many levels, without sacrificing any of his human values, makes this book so fascinating, valuable and, in many ways, so reflective of this extraordinary executive."