Irving Vs. Irving

Irving Vs. Irving

Canada's Feuding Billionaires and the Stories They Won't Tell

Book - 2014
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A Remarkable, ambitious family, a business empire, an da media monopoly.

They are Canada's third wealthiest family, the fifth-largest private landowner in the U.S.A. They have a monopoly on New Brunswick's English-language print media and billions of dollars in offshore accounts.

They are the Irvings. And they have always placed a premium on discretion and family unity. They built their empire--which includes Canada's largest refinery, soon to be linked by pipeline to Alberta's oil fields--by remaining private. Irving vs. Irving tells the story of how these ambitious, often ruthless entrepreneurs came to dominate the economic and political affairs of Atlantic Canada, and how they learned to love the property that perplexed them most: their media monopoly.

The Irvings' control of all of New Brunswick's English daily newspapers often allowed the family's business pursuits to escape journalistic scrutiny. Readers frequently wondered what wasn't in the newspaper, such as the Irving's lobbying for their logging interests and the sinking of their tanker loaded with PCBs.

In Irving vs. Irving, veteran reporter Jacques Poitras uses the empire's media holdings to examine previously untold episodes of this family epic from patriarch K.C. Irving's manipulation of his mother's affections to a Shakespearean confrontation between generations.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Viking, 2014.
ISBN: 9780670067718
Branch Call Number: 338.09227151 POITR
Characteristics: xiv, 338 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Irving versus Irving


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Canaan3 Mar 31, 2015

Too much details given on Irving Newspapers. Informs us they were bullies, either give us(the Irvings ) tax breaks, power rate breaks, all the lumber we want, etc. or we will pull out of the prov.. Also made sure if their demands were not met the government of the day lost the next election.

roddubé Dec 15, 2014

Ostensibly an account of the break up of the Irving family, and therefore the separation of its companies. But it is just as much focused on the Irving newspaper business and (in an even handed way) assessing the extent to which the papers' editorial and content are shaped by the family. Well written and informative.

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