The Chandlers and Their Times
by Bill Boyarsky
In 1882, when General Harrison Gray Otis began working for the
paper that was to become the Los
Angeles Times, the city of Los Angeles was still a sleepy little
town with fewer than a hundred thousand residents. However, Otis was
the first of a dynasty of men to build what would later become a
world-renowned and award-winning newspaper. Created as the companion
book to the Peter Jones Productions documentary film, this
tells the century-long story of the most famous family and their
dominion over the Times, as
they worked to create a city of international fame.
In his 30 years with the Los Angeles Times, Bill Boyarsky was a political writer, featured columnist, and city editor. He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is the author of two biographies of Ronald Reagan. He is author of Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics and Los Angeles: City of Dreams; with his wife, Nancy, he coauthored Backroom Politics.
Native Angeleno Peter Jones began his career as a broadcast journalist. In 1987, he formed Peter Jones Productions, originally specializing in documentaries related to the history of the film industry. His special on Judy Garland won a 1997 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, the first for the A&E Network. Stardust: The Bette Davis Story had its U.S. premiere on Turner Classic Movies in 2006, garnering Jones and his team an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.