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Reminiscences of Oscar Dystel : oral history, 1985.

Creator: Dystel, Oscar.
Project: American entrepreneurs project.
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript 292 leaves. Tape 4 cassettes.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note


Scope and Contents

Family background; interest in Israel; childhood, education: New York University School of Commerce, Harvard Business School; business and political philosophy; early business experience: ESQUIRE subscriptions and publicity, CORONET editorship; World War II service with Office of War Information; postwar return to publishing: COLLIERS, FLAIR, PARENTS; leadership at Bantam Books: marketing successes, paperback revolution, changes in ownership, personal ties to company, sale to German firm Bertelsmann, conflict with Bertelsmann, resignation as chairman of Bantam; Oscar Dystel Fellowship at New York University; current experience in publishing and media: consulting, leveraged buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions; impressions of publishing today.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1986. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.

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