None of them possessed a crystal ball, so the Forbes media properties, like so many others, began to suffer because of the Internet's influence on print publications. A sometimes insightful book that is too poorly organized and breezily written to live up to its potential. There was a problem adding your email address.
The Fall of the House of Forbes: felling a dead-tree empire
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Stories told by a magazine insider were interesting. Good read, sad ending which is still in process. Mar 17, Grady rated it it was amazing.
He has been the managing editor of Forbes Magazine the topic of this biopic! If there is anyone more qualified to write about the ills of capitalism and the foibles of the wealthy, they have not stepped forward to deliver such an engrossing, well written book about he subjects as Pinkerton.
To dwell on the history of the Forbes family dynasty that entered America in the end of the 19th century to establish what was to become one of the most powerful and extravagantly wealthy publishing houses in the country is not the point of the book - though all of that information is there and reads very well.
The fascinating subject of the book is really the raise and fall of Malcolm Forbes, obsessed with same sex affairs and trysts, motorcycle excursions across Europe, balloon expeditions, spending money on parties and other superfluously odious hobbies, a man who failed to heed the laws of risk aversion and failed to adjust to the growing change in type communication in the form of the Internet, and ultimately depleting the garish wealth of his family's fortune - a character that probably only Orson Welles could depict on the screen.
Pinkerton has a true flair for uncovering both the comic aspects of his characters without removing focus from the stupidity of the dealings of some of the family members.
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He makes the story flow like a novel rather than a biography. But in addition to the facility of his writing skill Pinkerton is still able to lay in front of the reader's eyes the status of the robber barons, past and present, the superrich, and the repulsive way that the upper class of this country goes about its daily business without a care in the world about the good of general society.
It is all about money and Pinkerton tells it very very well. May 14, Ema Takeda rated it really liked it.
Pinkerton dramatically chronicles the Forbes family legacy and company management, and effectively spins his story into a page turner. Much of his narrative is based on personal recollection, public knowledge, and close contacts, and lacks support from the Forbes family. Nevertheless, the book gives intriguing insight into the Forbes fortress, and presents a revealing perspective of the publishing company that is applicable to the overall industry today.
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