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Call Me Ted Paperback – November 2, 2009
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- Publisher : Business Plus; Reprint edition (November 2, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 463 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0446582034
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446582032
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.16 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #542,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stanley had views on everything, but I would not exactly call them political... His views on democracy were those of most people I know, neither left nor right, not exactly brimming with belief, a noble failed experiment along our evolutionary way, brought low by base instincts, money and self-interest and stupidity... He thought the best system might be under a benign despot, though he had little belief that such a man could be found. He wasn't a cynic, but he could have easily passed for one. He was certainly a capitalist. He believed himself to be a realist."
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.