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"I want to know how he thinks."
"I want to know how all these decisions really did get made."
"I want to know all the stuff that he won't tell you about."
Tedlow provides answers to these and other questions as he rigorously examines "the life and times of an American" who was born András István Gróf in Hungary (in 1936), to a middle-class Jewish family. In 1956, during the Hungarian Revolution, he left his home and family under the cover of night, immigrating to the United States, and arriving in New York in 1957. He then earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York and then, after settling in California, he received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963. After working at Fairchild Semiconductor, Grove accepted Gordon Moore's invitation to become the third employee at a start-up, Intel Corporation (Integrated Electronics), of which he eventually became president in 1979, its CEO in 1987, and its chairman and CEO in 1997.Read more ›
Nonetheless, the more personal story behind Grove will interest many readers since his background reflects a remarkable transformation under the most adverse of circumstances. Born a Jew in 1936 Nazi-occupied Hungary when anti-Semitic laws were being fully enforced, Grove managed to survive not only the Nazi regime but the post-WWII Communist takeover. During the bloody Hungarian Revolution, he left his family and escaped to the U.S. when he was twenty. Penniless, he worked his way to a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Berkeley in 1963. He worked his way up from Fairchild Semiconductors, where they introduced the first integrated circuit, to become the fourth employee of Intel and begin an impressive upward climb.
This is where Tedlow provides sharp insight into Grove's clever navigation though Intel's management structure under co-founders Gordon Moore and Bob Noyce, and more importantly, how Grove became an acknowledged leader in Silicon Valley for his groundbreaking thinking.Read more ›
You might recall that Gordon Moore, Andy's mentor is the creator of the famous "Moore's Law". There are many variations of Moore's Law, and Moore never called it a law by the way. Essentially it means that the computer power that can be placed on a chip doubles every 18 months, some say 2 years, and the cost drops by half. The law has basically held up since its inception in 1965.
Richard Tedlow, the author is a full Professor at Harvard Business School. He has obviously put his heart and soul into this book. Andy Grove did not read this book until it was finished, and published. He did not want to get into a shoot-out about what was in the book. You might recall that Grove wrote several books himself. One of them had the great title, "Only the Paranoid Survive". I believe this biography is better than the books Grove wrote.
Grove has stated that the author knows more about him, than he knows about himself. Upon reading the book, Grove could not figure out how the author was able to obtain so much information about him. In the end, this is what an author is supposed to do, isn't it? The vital concepts that I took out of Tedlow's writings are:
1) Here's a man that should have died three times before he got to America.Read more ›
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If you are interested in the biographies of extremely successful entrepreneurs and business executives you should read "Andy Grove" written by Richard S. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Peter de Toma sen.
Andrew Grove needs to grow emotionally and stop hanging on to his bad memories about Hungary and its people. Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by Zrinyi Ilona
Richard Tedlow produces a very interesting, although slanted, biography of Andy Grove. While many things have been written about Grove including several autobiographies this is... Read morePublished on November 1, 2009 by Lehigh History Student
Andy Grove is as great an example of the American dream as you will ever get. As if surviving the Holocaust weren't enough, Andy also experienced first-hand the brutality of the... Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by Sutirtha Bagchi
Anyone interested in reading about Andy Grove probably already knows he is far from your typical American business executive. Read morePublished on May 24, 2007 by T. Burket
Being an immigrant myself, I always regard Andy as one of the most admirable models. In fact, that was the main reason that I enjoyed reading this book, from cover to cover. Read morePublished on May 11, 2007 by Yang
"Americans don't know how lucky they are," a young immigrant named Andy Grove told The New York Times in 1960 after graduating first in his engineering class. Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by Rolf Dobelli
Andy Grove is an incredible man, achieving the American dream, starting as a penniless immigrant and rising to head Intel - a giant leader in the semiconductor industry. Read morePublished on March 10, 2007 by Loyd Eskildson
This is well a written biography that tells the story of Intel in the context of the life of Andy Grove. Read morePublished on January 16, 2007 by Old Master