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Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker Magazine since 1992. He is the author of eight books, including four national bestsellers: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed And Glory   On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; his The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway, and his most recent book, World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies, were national business bestsellers. Ken Auletta's Biography

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The Networker
Afghanistan’s first media mogul
The New Yorker, July 5, 2010

Publish or Perish
Can the iPad topple the Kindle, and save the book business?
The New Yorker, April 26, 2010

Non-Stop News
With cable, the Web, and tweets,can the President--or the press--still control the story?
The New Yorker, January 25, 2010

Media Maxims
What are the enduring lessons we might draw from a close look at Google and today’s rapidly changing digital landscape? I came up with these twenty-five media maxims.
November 14, 2009

Ten Things Google Has Taught Us
Ken Auletta, author of a new book on the company, shares his insights on why it's uniquely successful and what that means for the media world., October 26, 2009

Searching for Trouble
Why Google is on its Guard.
The New Yorker, October 12, 2009

The Search Party
Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics.
The New Yorker, January 14, 2008

Promises, Promises
What might The Wall Street Journal become if Rupert Murdoch owned it?
The New Yorker, July 2, 2007

Critical Mass

Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.
The New Yorker, May 14, 2007

The Fixer

Why New Yorkers call Howard Rubenstein when they've got a problem.
The New Yorker, February 12 , 2007

Mad As Hell
Lou Dobbs's populist crusade.
The New Yorker, December 4 , 2006

Hollywood Ending
Can a wiretap scandal bring down L.A.'s scariest lawyer?
The New Yorker, July 24, 2006

The Raid
How Carl Icahn came up short.

The Inheritance
Can Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., save the Times—and himself?

Fault Line
Can the Los Angeles Times survive its owners?

The Dawn Patrol
The curious rise of morning television, and the future of network news.

The Long and Complicated Career of Dan Rather

The New Pi tch
Do ads still work?

Kerry's Brain
Bob Shrum is one of the biggest names in the campaign business—but is he prepared to take on Bush?

Big Bird Flies Right
How the Republican party learned to love PBS

Fortress Bush
How the White House keeps the press under control.

Family Business
Dow Jones is not like other companies. How long can that go on?

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Auletta at The New Yorker Festival
At The New Yorker Festival, Ken Auletta gave a talk about how the Internet is affecting media and culture. A preview is below. To watch his full remarks, visit

Ken's Advice to the Class of '10
On June 10, Ken gave the Commencement Address at the Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan. Here are his remarks to the new High School graduates.

Auletta talks to Wall Street Journal MarketWatch
MarketWatch's Jon Friedman sat down with Ken to discuss the changing media landscape and Google's influence over the old media industries.

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Ken Interviews Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers
On March 2, 2010, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker, Ken interviewed Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live, and Seth Meyers, the show's head writer and anchor for “Weekend Update.”

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Auletta Talks about the Future on Charlie Rose
On December 23, 2009, Ken spoke with Charlie about Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and the future of media.

Googled is a Bestseller
Ken's book has hit the bestseller lists, and publishers in fifteen nations have already signed on to publish, including England, China, Israel, Brazil, Portugal, Indonesia, and Japan.

What the Critics are Saying About Googled
Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times, and other praise.

Where Google Goes From Here
On the New York Times' "Room For Debate" blog, John Markoff asked Ken and Twitter venture capitalist Fred Wilson to discuss Google's effect on the Internet and new and old media.
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Auletta Interviewed on Tech Nation
Auletta was the guest on Public Radio's Tech Nation. He spoke to host Dr. Moira Gunn about Google and his views on technology and pop culture.

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Marketwatch Profiles Auletta
Jon Friedman celebrates Ken's new Google book and muses on what subject the media writer should tackle next.

Ken Talks Google on Charlie Rose
Auletta talked to Rose about how Google has transformed the way we work, live, communicate, and access information.

Ken Talks Google on Fresh Air
Auletta tells Terry Gross that although the company trumpets free access to information, it is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to its own formula for success.

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Ken Talks Google on C-Span
This week on Q&A, Ken talks about his newest book, "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It." It tells the story of the company's founders and the many other people involved in the company's success.

Googlers Are Not Cold Businessmen but Cold Engineers
Google once discussed buying the New York Times, Auletta says in this interview with I Want Media. But the search leader decided that such a move would damage its "neutral" identity. Google "is not obsessed with killing competitors," Auletta adds. "They're obsessed with eliminating inefficiencies."

The Movie Business
Ken Auletta moderates a panel featuring Nora Ephron, Michael Lynton, and Anne Hathaway at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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Daily Beast: Geithner and Greed
"In 1985, Ken Auletta wrote a financial classic, Greed and Glory on Wall Street. Now, William Cohan has written another, House of Cards. In a freewheeling discussion on the economic crisis, the authors pin blame, reveal lessons and pull back the curtains on some of Wall Street's most important characters."

The Art of the Interview: Barbara Walters and Steve Kroft
Ken interviewed Walters and Kroft at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker on February 17, 2009.

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Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, and David Remnick
Ken Auletta interviewed the editors of Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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Ken talks to Gary Hart and Bob Kerrey
To probe the performance of the press in the presidential campaign, Ken Auletta interviewed two former presidential candidates, Bob Kerrey and Gary Hart, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker on October 22, 2008.

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Auletta Interviews Google's Eric Schmidt
Ken Auletta interviewed Eric Schmidt, the chairman and C.E.O. of Google, in San Francisco on June 11, 2008, at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker.

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Auletta's Panel on the Impact of the Web on the Presidential Campaign
On November 29th, Ken moderated a discussion about the impact of the Internet on the Presidential race at a breakfast sponsored by the Newhouse School and The New Yorker. His guests were Arianna Huffington, of, Mark McKinnon, media advisor to John McCain and former media advisor to George W. Bush, and Peter Daou, the Internet Director of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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The Three Anchors
On October 2, 2004, Ken Auletta moderated a panel discussion with Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, and Dan Rather in the Celeste Bartos Forum of The New York Public Library. The conversation was part of the sixth annual New Yorker Festival. Here is a recording of that conversation. (Requires Flash Player.)

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May 2002: Ken's Ted Turner profile wins National Magazine Award
"Ken Auletta does more than elicit fresh insights from friend, foe and subject alike. By cutting through the clutter of legend with meticulous reporting and research, he also creates the definitive portrait of a maverick media genius at a personal turning point." Read the award-winning profile.

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The End of the World As We Know It



Bestselling author Ken Auletta takes readers for a ride on the Google wave, telling the story of how it formed and crashed into traditional media businesses-from newspapers to books, to television, to movies, to telephones, to advertising, to Microsoft. With unprecedented access to Google's founders and executives, as well as to those in media who are struggling to keep their heads above water, Auletta reveals how the industry is being disrupted and redefined.


Media Man
Ted Turner's Improbable Empire



"One of the Best Business Books of 2004."
- Business Week

The Best Media Book of the Year.
- Jon Friedman of CBS Marketwatch

"An intriguing study of an entrepreneurial outsider who became a mainstream media mogul."
-The Financial Times, September 29, 2004

" Ken Auletta puts the most human of faces on Turner yet. The picture is of a tycoon who has lost his power -- and maybe even his way -- since being pushed off his pedestal in 2000."
- Business Week, October 4, 2004

"Media Man glides breezily through Turner's eventful life, plucking out vivid details and amusing anecdotes to build a nuanced and engaging portrait of an immensely complicated man."
-The Washington Post, October 10, 2004

"Auletta is deft at capturing the other sides to Turner--for example, his genuine concern for the planet, and how a Warner Bros. cartoon movie called The Iron Giant brought him to tears."
-Fortune Magazine, October 18, 2004


Inside the Business of News

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Auletta is the James Bond of the media world... The result: stories that give readers an intimate feel for the drama within the institutions that set the national news agenda."
- Business Week, January 12, 2004

"Who guards the gatekeepers of the wayward press? These days it's Auletta of The New Yorker.... Our modern Liebling has prime access, a fine ear and smooth narrative clarity, especially about business strategy. He unravels mysteries large and small."
-The Washington Post's Book World, January 25, 2004

"Backstory... confirms his place as dean of U.S. media critics."
- U.S.News & World Report, March 15, 2004

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