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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James O'Shea  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in East St. Louis, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

James O'Shea currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

A former editor-in chief of the Los Angeles Times and managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, James O'Shea is an author of three books and numerous magazine and newspaper stories. He was also a co-founder of The Chicago News Cooperative, an innovative news start-up that created a Chicago-based digital news site and supplied content for The New York Times.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Daisy Chain
ISBN: 0671733036

Pocket Books. 1991

An account of the decline and fall of a Texas savings and loan institution reveals corruption, indiscretion, and unbridled greed, and offers a perspective of the nationwide S & L scandal

Dangerous Company: Management Consultants and the Businesses They Save and Ruin
ISBN: 0140276858

Penguin Books. 1998

Reveals the enormous power exercised by the biggest, most secretive firms in the consulting industry, detailing their successes and failures

The Deal from Hell: How Moguls and Wall Street Plundered Great American Newspapers
ISBN: 1586487914

PublicAffairs. 2011

In 2000, after the Tribune Company acquired Times Mirror Corporation, it comprised the most powerful collection of newspapers in the world. How then did Tribune nosedive into bankruptcy and public scandal? In The Deal From Hell, veteran Tribune and Los Angeles Times editor James O'Shea takes us behind the scenes of the decisions that led to disaster in boardrooms and newsrooms from coast to coast, based on access to key players, court testimony, and sworn depositions.

The Deal From Hell is a riveting narrative that chronicles how news industry executives and editors--convinced they were acting in the best interests of their publications--made a series of flawed decisions that endangered journalistic credibility and drove the newspapers, already confronting a perfect storm of political, technological, economic, and social turmoil, to the brink of extinction.

Speaking Engagements

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Contact Mr. O'Shea via his email or at the following address 2242 N. Lincoln Park West, Apt. 3 E Chicago, Illinois 60614