Kerry Packer: Tall Tales and True Stories is a collection of stories, gathered from people who knew him, from those who have documented him, and from the folklore that inevitably surrounded him. In this fun, irrepressible collection, author Michael Stahl has delved into the world of the man who was instrumental in shaping Australia's media landscape and culture. For 30 years Kerry Packer controlled television’s perennial ratings leader Channel Nine, and a large percentage of the nation’s most influential magazines. So much of what Australians watched, read and believed came through the prism of this larger-than-life man. Beneath all the billionaire clutter, Kerry Packer had plenty in common with the average Joe: a cheeky humour, a competitive drive, a deep love for his kids and a passion for sports and movies. In business, Kerry Packer would fight to the last dollar in a deal. Yet the same man would take his private jet to Las Vegas and lose more than $20 million in a week – then leave a $1 million tip.
Funny, poignant, outrageous and never predictable, Michael Stahl brings the tales (or are they urban myths) together in one really funny, warm-hearted and outrageous book.
Michael Stahl worked as a journalist for Wheels and The Australian Financial Review for 10 years prior to freelancing. He has won numerous writing awards, including Motoring Journalist of the Year in 1998 and the magazine industry association Publishers Australia Journalist of the Year in 2011. During 2000–2004 Michael lived in Paris, where he was a columnist and contributor to UK and US magazines. Though Michael is best-known as a motoring writer, he often writes on topics such as culture, technology and travel and has contributed to Men's Style and The Good Weekend. He is currently the Features Editor for Qantas - The Australian Way.