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In this highly readable but deliberately paced biography, Harvard professor and historian Tedlow (Giants of Enterprise) makes a case for Andy Grove (b. 1936) taking a place alongside Benjamin Franklin as a quintessential American businessman and citizen. Indeed, Grove rose from being a penniless Hungarian refugee to an engineer hired as Intel's third employee, eventually heading the corporation—"one of the most profitable companies in all of business history." Tedlow builds the book around a year-by-year, blow-by-blow account of Intel's ups and downs, punctuated by Grove's contemporaneous musings, drawn from his private notebooks. Following the company over the rocky patches in its trajectory from semiconductors to microprocessors, Tedlow situates Intel among its industry partners and competitors. Sometimes, there's too much context: the author conveys a good deal about Hungary's modern political history and scrutinizes every available scrap of information about his subject's childhood. There are also 20 pages on the 1994 Pentium "floating point flaw" debacle and 15 pages on Grove's battle with prostate cancer. But as a biography of Intel as well as a primer on Grove's writings and management philosophy, the book is truly illuminating. In offering a closeup portrait of this prickly but gifted executive, Tedlow helps us understand why Grove's tenure as Intel's CEO "was so spectacularly successful." (Nov.)
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Tedlow, a business historian and academic, presents the story of Andy Grove, a penniless Hungarian immigrant who became an icon of twentieth-century corporate America. Grove joined Intel in 1968 at its founding, and while he was CEO from 1987 to 1998, "market capitalization increased from $4.3 billion to $197.6 billion, a compound annual growth rate of 42% and a total increase of almost 4,500%." Grove led the company with Intel's 386 microprocessor, which became the industry standard. Tedlow describes Grove, Time magazine's 1997 man of the year, as an extraordinary manager, author, and significant player in the fights against prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease. With unique access to Grove and Intel's internal resources and documents, Tedlow claims objectivity, telling the truth as he sees it in this laudatory narrative, although he also confirms his close ties to the subject. In comparing Grove to Benjamin Franklin (among other notables), Tedlow tells us that the two share the traits of "care and skill at image management." Mary Whaley
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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
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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
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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 E. 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