The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country

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Random House Publishing Group, Jan 14, 2014 - Business & Economics - 576 pages
A revelatory journey inside the world of Fox News and Roger Ailes—the brash, sometimes combative network head who helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump

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When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. With a remarkable level of detail and insight, Vanity Fair magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman puts Ailes’s unique genius on display, along with the outsize personalities—Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, Gretchen Carlson, Bill Shine, and others—who 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 developed an unrivaled power to sway the national agenda. Even more, he became the indispensable figure in conservative America and the man any Republican politician with presidential aspirations had to court.

How did this man become the master strategist of our political landscape? In revelatory detail, Sherman chronicles the rise of Ailes, a frail 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 Ailes’s tactical acuity as he battled 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 strategized Fox’s presentation of the news to advance Ailes’s political agenda; provides behind-the-scenes details of Ailes’s crucial role as finder and shaper of talent, including his sometimes rocky relationships with Fox News stars such as O’Reilly, Hannity, and Carlson; and probes Ailes’s fraught partnership with his equally brash and mercurial boss, Rupert Murdoch.

Roger Ailes’s life is a story worthy of Citizen Kane. Featuring an afterword about Ailes’s epic downfall during the extraordinary 2016 election, The Loudest Voice in the Room is an extraordinary feat of reportage with a compelling human drama at its heart.
 

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Excellent book for insight into the man behind FOX News. I get the sense that the author is giving fair treatment to Roger Ailed, in spite of how easy it would be to just trash talk him. Read full review

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The Loudest Voice in the Room: Roger Ailes, Fox News and the Remaking of American Politics by Gabriel Sherman is not only a book about Ailes as an adult but about how his father raised him and his ... Read full review

Contents

ONE JUMPROGER JUMP
3
Two You CAN TALKYOUR WAY OUT OF ANYTHING
17
THREE THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
30
FOUR SELLING THE TRICK
45
ACT III
117
NINE AMERICAS TALKING
141
THIRTEEN THE RIGHT KIND OF FRIENDS
204
ACT IV
212
FIFTEEN THE CALL
244
SEVENTEEN QUAGMIRE DOESNT RATE
267
NINETEEN SEARCHING FOR A NEW CAST
309
TwenTY COMEBACK
327
TWENTYONE TROUBLE ON MAIN STREET
345
TWENTYTwo THE LAST CAMPAIGN
370
AFTERWORD
397
Copyright

FourTEEN ANTICLiNTON NEws NETWORK
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Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Most recently, Sherman served as national affairs editor at New York magazine, and he is a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The New York Observer, and GQ, among other publications. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jennifer Stahl. This is his first book.

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