Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media Mogul
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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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 who are carrying on his legacy. And, he did it all from his humble beginnings in small-town Manitoba. Peter Newman has written an excellent biography of Mr. Asper. The book chronicles Izzy's life, his business exploits, his personal love of jazz music, martiinis and Craven A's and his devotion to his home town of Winnipeg and his adopted home land of Israel. Mr. Newman has obviously done a lot of research and makes Izzy come to life for the reader. The book is comprehensive, and the writing is excellent. At times humourous, at times analytical and, when appropriate, at times it reads like a novel of Bay Street wheelinga nd dealing. My one criticism is that Mr. Newman's obvious dislike for Conrad Black, with whom Izzy Asper did busines, at times became too intrusive in the narrative. Mr. Black is not the subject of the story --- let it go! Otherwise, excellent.
Review: Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada's Media MogulUser Review - Goodreads
Quite a good book. Fast moving and a revelation about about Newspaper and TV dealings.
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