How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
On Sale: January 14, 2014
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A deeply reported journey inside the secretive world of
Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary
When Rupert Murdoch enlisted
Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American
politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable
level of detail and insight, New York magazine
reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailesís unique genius to
life, along with the outsize personalitiesóBill OíReilly,
Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn
Beck, Mike Huckabee, and othersówho have helped Fox News
play a defining role in the great social and political
controversies of the past two decades. From the
Clinton-Lewinsky scandal to the Bush-Gore recount, from the
war in Iraq to the Tea Party attack on the Obama presidency,
Roger Ailes has developed an unrivaled power to sway the
national agenda. Even more, he has become the indispensable
figure in conservative America and the man any Republican
politician with presidential aspirations must court.
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 Ailesís
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 Foxís
presentation of the news to advance Ailesís political
agenda; provides behind-the-scenes details of Ailesís
crucial role as finder and shaper of talent, including his
sometimes rocky relationships with Fox News stars such as
OíReilly and Hannity; and probes Ailesís fraught partnership
with his equally brash and mercurial boss, Rupert
Roger Ailesís life is a story worthy
of Citizen Kane. The Loudest Voice in the Room
is an extraordinary feat of reportage with a compelling
human drama at its heart.
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