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The Tower of Babble

October 2012

"...a breezy, insightful and unabashedly self-serving business-book-cum-memoir of his tempestuous tenure. He convincingly outlines just how difficult his job was, and succeeds in making you truly care about the CBC -- an impressive feat…"

Point of View, Oct 3, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

May 2012

"Stursberg's creativity rests in making things work. And that's the sense one gets from The Tower of Babble -- Stursberg really wanted the CBC to work, to be the best it believes itself to be, not because it should, but because Canadians needed it to be. So, while a tell-all -- the circumstances and atmosphere surrounding his end at CBC loom mysteriously over the book until the final chapter -- Stursberg doesn't come off vindictive. With his memoir, he's still trying to help save the CBC."

Telegraph Journal, May 5, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

May 2012

"Tower of Babble...fires several broadsides at the power brokers and 'chattering classes' who take a proprietary view of the public broadcaster, while at the same time providing highly readable accounts of his showdown with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman over the all important broadcast rights, his attempts to transform the CBC News department (which he describes in the book as 'Fort News'), and his continued attempts to make CBC relevant in a country where the majority of TV viewers prefer foreign programming."

Marketing Mag, May 2, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

April 2012

"Stursberg cooks up a book that will raise the blood pressure of his former employees and their many and well-spoken supporters across Canada...Lovers of a good battle story will be glad that he didn't [go gently]."

Winnipeg Free Press, Apr 28, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

April 2012

"...in an entertaining memoir, [Richard Stursberg] dishes out the inside story of his epic battles…"

National Post, Apr 28, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

April 2012

"Why read The Tower of Babble? It is a rare opportunity to see inside CBC management. It is an amazing look at one of the most controversial, confrontational characters to work in media in Canada. And it actually does provide many examples of what's wrong with our national broadcaster and the difficulties inherent in trying to keep it running."

The Canadian Journalism Project, Apr 25, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

April 2012

"Richard Stursberg's rage dominates his crackling autobiography -- as does his grief for the lost network's unfulfilled promise."

Globe & Mail, Apr 20, 2012
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The Tower of Babble

April 2012

"To cut to the chase, the liveliest parts of The Tower of Babble, Richard Stursberg's anxiously awaited new book about his six turbulent years as head of CBC's English services, are the passages where he goes after his perceived enemies with a hatchet..."

Globe & Mail, Apr 11, 2012
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