The inside story of the struggle for power and control at Paramount Global, the multibillion-dollar entertainment empire controlled by the Redstone family, and the dysfunction, misconduct, and deceit that threatened the future of the company, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists who first broke the news.
A model of how gracefully to tell the most grotesque of stories ... The writing is elegant and the story so weird and compelling — I lost some sleep unable to put this book down — that the reader may be the only witness to this spectacle who never feels manipulated ... Stewart and Abrams set the emotional stage with this seamy domestic drama before turning to one of the most spectacular business debacles of our age: the yearslong collapse of Viacom and the misrule at CBS ... Unscripted need not be thought of as a moral fable with larger import. For those predisposed to curiosity about the machinations of wealth and power, it will be a delicious treat. But I also found it a crucial cautionary tale at a time when too many people equate wealth with some sort of generalized mastery.
I know more than I care to admit about this troubling and sorry saga. And yet, I can’t help but be utterly impressed by Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy, a bodice-ripping romp through even more of the gory details of the whole sordid affair, expertly reported and written by the very talented journalists James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams ... Their reporting chops are very much on display on nearly every page ... The depth of the multiple perversions, as revealed by the authors, is really quite astounding ... A breezy, gossipy, fast-paced read—a rocket ship from the get-go.
May...test the prurience of an unsuspecting readership ... Brings remarkable detail and fresh insight to a C-suite fight ... Using tons of never-revealed legal investigation files and their own reporting for the New York Times, Stewart and Abrams drop detail after detail ... Media insiders and those who followed the Redstone saga will eat this reporting — and some of the other, more comical twists that populate the book — up. The authors aren’t just flies on the wall; they’re in Moonves’s phone calls and drunk, late-night text messages.