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Call Me Ted Paperback – November 2, 2009
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Title: Call Me Ted <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: TedTurner <>Publisher: BusinessPlus
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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.
I felt as if it was written in Ted's voice with his direct input. At times I laughed out loud at what a nut he was. At other times I felt sorry for him and what he went through. In all, however, you get a sense of his highs and lows. To me, that's what's you want in a biographical piece.
I highly recommend it. I don't read all that much but this book was enjoyable.
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.