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Call Me Ted Hardcover – November 10, 2008
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As with the case of most "outliers", Ted was in the right place at the right time doing the right things for "most" of his career. Undoubtedly this book proves once again "timing is everything"... Just the same, Ted seized these opportunities and made it happen. The guy even courted Jane Fonda and was successful.... definitely a person I would like to meet some day. Well played Ted, Well played..
I have read many of the big business biographies, and some are more substantive and rewarding than others. This one is worth reading. If you are interested in the history of the media business from the 1960's on, particularly in the creation of cable, you will be interested. If you are interested in entrepreneurial stories in general, I think this will be rewarding. And I think along the way you will get interested in Turner as a person as well.
I zipped through it in two nights (not because it was short but because I was interested).
If I could change the book at all I might have had him pause more and explain at greater length some of his transitions from conservative to liberal and from Christian to agnostic. That would have been interesting but I think he wanted to focus on the business stuff, which I suppose is smart.
If we had more businessmen like Turner, I think we would all be better off. Sure he is outrageous but he also sticks to what he believes and was ethical in his business dealings. I loved how road blocks have no meaning for him, re-group, be creative and go around them. His impact has been huge and he is not done yet.
Turner is one of the few man standing, that actually stands for something beyond himself. A true visionary, somebody that puts the interest of many before his. An eye opening for what really goes into lousy corporate mergers like AOL time Warner.
A valuable lesson for the uprising trend of mediocre CEO's out there (like Bob Nardelli)which lead companies with no passion, vision, or direction whatsoever. Their real job is to satisfy their never ending greed. And yes, they all want to be bailed out of their sad mediocrity.
Rupert Murdoch should have this book in his night-stand table. To remind himself, of how pitiful his success has been in the media industry, compared to a true legend like Ted Turner. Is not about the $$$ Murdoch, is about the integrity of the news content.
Felipe Pardo. Atlanta, GA