Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul

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HarperCollins Canada, May 25, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Izzy Asper was a true visionary and a self-made billionaire. In the kind of intimate detail that made his other books mega bestsellers, Peter C. Newman profiles one of the most charismatic and powerful Canadian tycoons of the past quarter century. A serial risk-taker with a fever in his blood, the always controversial Asper grew a tiny television station, operated out of a converted supermarket, into the CanWest empire. Under Asper’s guidance, CanWest became Canada’s most profitable television network, one that comprised Global Television, and more than 60 newspapers—including the National Post—and was run mainly out of Izzy’s briefcase from his beloved hometown of Winnipeg.

Izzy was the quintessential entrepreneur, constantly in flight and flux, each of his improbable ventures feeding on the next. Only his family occupied higher ground than his business interests, yet he combined the joys of home life with his killer instincts at work. Both were essential to his character.

In the end, Izzy Asper was addicted as much to the game as to its rewards. What made him so special was his ability to create warm, electric moments among his friends and loyalists, yet inspire fear in his critics and enemies. Izzy is Canadian business history at its best, a masterful portrait of the man who was, for decades, the country’s leading media mogul.

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Izzy Asper should be a Canadian hero. He put together a multi-media corporation (including Canada's third national television network), gave generously to the community, and raised three fine children ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wayne - Goodreads

Quite a good book. Fast moving and a revelation about about Newspaper and TV dealings. Read full review

About the author (2010)

PETER C. NEWMAN has been writing about Canadian politics and business for nearly half a century. The author of 24 books that have together sold more than two million copies, Newman has won some of the country’s most illustrious literary awards, both as author and journalist. A former editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star and Maclean’s, Newman has been recognized with seven honorary doctorates, a National Newspaper Award and election to the News Hall of Fame. He has been called twice to the Order of Canada and has earned his title as Canada’s “most cussed and discussed” commentator.

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