Call Me Ted

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An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and ground-breaking philanthropist, Ted turner revolutionized the television business with the creation of TBS and CNN, became a champion sailor who won the America's Cup, and took home a World Series trophy as owner of the Atlanta Braves—and that's just for starters. Today, in addition to being one of the wealthiest men in the world and the largest land owner in the United States, he is at the forefront of global and environmental causes and is famous for ...

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An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and ground-breaking philanthropist, Ted turner revolutionized the television business with the creation of TBS and CNN, became a champion sailor who won the America's Cup, and took home a World Series trophy as owner of the Atlanta Braves—and that's just for starters. Today, in addition to being one of the wealthiest men in the world and the largest land owner in the United States, he is at the forefront of global and environmental causes and is famous for having pledged $1 billion to create the UN Foundation.

In Call Me Ted, he takes you on the whole wild and sometimes bumpy ride … from his difficult childhood to his marriage to Jane Fonda, from his dealings with Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal. You'll hear his distinctive voice on every page—and be inspired and entertained as CALL ME TED sheds new light on one of the greatest visionaries of our time.

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Publishers Weekly

Turner's straightforward yet surprisingly charming delivery makes this a must-hear. Famous for his triumphs (defending the America's Cup; creating CNN; marrying Jane Fonda; buying the Atlanta Braves; starting the Goodwill Games; donating $1 billion to the U.N.), it's the telling in his own voice of his life's tragedies (his father's suicide; the protracted, painful death of his beloved only sibling; the failure of three marriages; his ouster from CNN) that is not only riveting, but proves that it's possible to feel sorry for the country's largest landowner. "Ted Stories"-short entries contributed by friends and foes alike and read ably by Nick Sullivan, Richmond Hoxie, Sherman Howard and Maggie-Meg Reed - vary from the comedic (an up-tempo rendition of a Brown classmate's piece, "We Didn't Know Shit") to being so beautifully written and recited as to bring tears (Fonda's two essays). There's also an audiobook bonus: a conversation between Wolf Blitzer and his former CNN boss. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 10). (Oct.)

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Library Journal

The much-written-about media mogul finally tells his own story, including his ability to draw strength from adversity and challenge, his risky decision-making, and his frayed personal life. Listeners will find it difficult to turn away from this force of nature as he barks out his story with a slight Southern twang (other readers include Nick Sullivan, Richmond Hoxie, Sherman Howard, and Maggie-Meg Reed). Highly recommended for public libraries. [Audio clip available through www.hachettebookgroup.com; bonus conversation between Turner and Wolf Blitzer.-Ed.]
—Judith Robinson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616821456
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Table of Contents

1 Early Years 1

2 McCallie 11

3 College and the Coast Guard 23

4 Billboards 41

5 Tragedy 53

6 Picking Up the Pieces 59

7 On My Own 67

8 Sailing Gets Serious 79

9 WTCG: "Watch This Channel Grow!" 91

10 The Braves 109

11 The SuperStation 125

12 The America's Cup 145

13 Cable News Network 159

14 Fastnet 169

15 CNN Launch 181

16 A Dagger Pointed at Our Heart 191

17 World Citizen 207

18 The Goodwill Games 215

19 CBS 223

20 MGM 237

21 The Cable Operators 249

22 Meeting Jane Fonda 259

23 "Give Me Land, Lots of Land" 269

24 The Gulf War 277

25 Movies and Cartoons 289

26 Networking 303

27 Time Warner Merger 315

28 The New Time Warner 327

29 Billion-Dollar Gift 343

30 Transitions 355

31 AOL: Phased Out and Fenced In 367

32 Stepping Away 383

33 Onward and Upward 399

Appendix 415

Index 419

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

    Entertaining and Enlightening

    I just read this book and was very pleased. The anecdotes were touching and entertaining, and I enjoyed the personal style in which it was written. He has had an amazing life, and is actually someone who deserves to pen his own autobiography unlike some of the other self-indulgent celebrities whose books are shallow and vain. I felt like I really got to know him, and identified with his love of nature. Overall, an incredible book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Needs a better title

    Here's a self-made guy that has had a complex and most successful life which fills up the contents of this book. After seeing him interviewed on tv, had to buy it. I was intrigued with his childhood, father's expectations, demons, financial bounce backs and life with Jane. Still wondering why he doesn't like to be alone. <BR/><BR/>You won't be disappointed. Over 400 pages, but a fast fascinating read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

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    You can learn some lessons

    It's the kind of true story I love to read. How a person built a business or empire on their own. With metal sweat and some sleepless nights to get to the goals you set and then even bigger goals. Knowing when to get out is also a quality that few have. Ted's giving has also inspired me to look at my own business and share the success. Great book on CD and I will listen many times over the years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

    Incredible Biography on an Incredible Person!

    Ted Turner is an amazing man who seems to "hold no bars" when it comes to doing things. With "Ted" being all over the map in various endeavors (literally and figuratively), I was very curious to hear his story of his accomplishments and failures, and not some reporter's version. I was not disappointed to read his story. It is amazing and extremely well written. I was also intrigued by the various stories of other people close to Ted, who contributed short stories at the beginning of the chapters. All in all, this is an incredible biography, of an incredible-complex man, who is well known

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2009

    Jane needs to give Ted another chance

    I recently saw Ted Turner on CNN's Lou Dobbs show, hawking his book, but more reminiscing about the old days at CNN; he then confronted Lou with some of his strident anti-illegal immigrant postures and delightfully put Lou on the defensive unlike any heavyweight that had ever appeared on the program. And he never raised his voice.<BR/><BR/>So I wanted to read his book. And it is a very good autobiography, surprisingly frank and succinct in describing his motivation, his business acumen, moreover his honesty and character as a businessman. It's well-written.<BR/><BR/>The reader gets a full-screen look at his vision, his foibles, his personal life, his triumphs and his disappointments. The comments by others that are spread throughout the book are revealing. Jeremy Levin exposes himself right in the book for what Ted Turner ultimately chided as being a less than honest "best friend" performance.<BR/><BR/>Jane says, toward the end of the book and their marriage that she was headed in another direction, having been overcome with a new sense of spirituality. At a time when taxpayers are bailing out Wall Street and corporate America, the vision, the work ethic and the straightforward integrity of Ted Turner revealed in this book is just the kind of gospel that business people should be reading. And he offers yet more vision and advice to the reader-entrepreneur regarding energy and the future of green industries in the world.<BR/><BR/>You really like Ted when you finish this book. You're left wishing Jane Fonda would give him another chance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Call me Ted, unabridged CD

    I was looking forward to reading CALL ME TED, but being busy and multitasking, I decided to by the CD version. <BR/><BR/>I listen and re-listen to Ted's story. What amazed me most about this package was that Ted recorded every page of his 500 page book while recovering in the hospital - it took him 40 to 45 hours to record. <BR/><BR/>This in itself is a world breaking record to begin with. Does he understand what being tired means? I don't think so... you can hear his voice weakening in some moments, but that was the best part of why I find it inspirational.<BR/><BR/>They keep saying that his life was difficult, or his childhood was a complex one. At that time not many kids had the brightest of childhoods, but none of them were like Ted. He was about what you want for tomorrow in your life, and how you want the day after tomorrow to unfold. That is Ted Turner to me as his reader (or in this case, listener). He is a hard working, very intelligent and creative, long vision and determined, most honest, loving, caring, and a patriot to the core. What is most important, Ted Turner, achieved all of this alone, he created ideas all alone, he managed to make it happen all alone, and he stands all alone. I read almost every biography of successful people and by far this one tops them all. I am very thankful to be able to read someone's life as great as his in a most straight to the point and yet inspiring way. Whatever happens behind closed doors in his real life, this is what we need to see and read, to feel inspired, and this book did it for me. Thank you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

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    Author, Light at the End of My Pen

    I liked Teds interview on PBS, he often gets a bad rap. I really think he is a good guy; I'll be reading this soon!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2008

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    A real look at Ted Turner (the good and the bad)

    I love biographies, especially good ones that tell the truth about a person that you would never know otherwise (as opposed to their own shiny account of who they are). Call Me Ted does not disappoint.<BR/><BR/>First of all, a book about a guy who is hugely successful and admits "I don't spend a lot of time dwelling on the past or thinking about myself," is bound to be interesting so long as it is honest. And it is. You get a detailed look at Ted's life, including insight from competitors, his ex-wife Jane Fonda, etc. You get the whole story. His life wasn't easy: from the death of his sister to his father committing suicide, he had to battle for his wealth in the early days. He dropped out of college and worked at the bottom of his dad's billboard company before he committed suicide. From there he takes you through every step of making the billboard company into a media empire. Including his own challenges with winning, intimacy in relationships, and the challenges we all end up facing in life.<BR/><BR/>I did a lot of reading this week and have another book I have to recommend. It's called The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book and it's a fascinating exploration of the other kind of intelligence we all possess but few put to use.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Very generous, and honest willing to share his path to wealth.

    Very generous, and honest willing to share his path to wealth. Enjoyed it very much.
    Went a bit overboard with the sailing but it is his passion so he was honest in sharing even that.

    Definitely recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Good rea

    Ted Turner is a well accomplished man and very inspiring to read as he has turned from the business focus to helping humanity. Truly an inspiration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Crap

    I hate this book

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Get the Scoop

    One individual who has changed the way in which we view the world is Ted Turner. This man who brought us 24 hours news now shares his story in his autobiography Call Me Ted.
    This book does not hold back as Turner speaks to his successes and failures.
    At 24, his father shot himself, Ted was thrown into the family sign business and so began his rise in the world of business. Time and time again, he would bet everything on an opportunity to do things on a grand scale. This story covers the origins of the Turner Broadcast System, to the purchase of the Braves, and the eventual start of CNN.
    Turner also shares his failed relationships, especially with Jane Fonda, to how merging with Time Warner was an absolute disaster.
    As always Turner, has rebounded and has started the bison serving Ted¿s Montana Grill and his continual fight for the environment the end of nuclear threat by dismantling the weapon arsenal around the world.
    A fast paced book, Call Me Ted captures the essence of this man who still is on the move.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Read.

    This book had me reading during the night and during the day until it was completed, like a John Grisham novel. Well written, answered all the questions I had from prior newspaper reports that were incomplete in my memory, and it was good to become acquainted with Ted, whom I came to like and whose achievements I appreciate very much, especially his sailing career, his gifting of a billion dollars to the UN and his becoming the largest landowner in the US, which I had not heard about before. I gave the book to a highly respected friend to read just as soon as I finished it. Five stars in all categories. A truly great read, highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2009

    Wonderful Book!

    I have admired Ted Turner for years. So to read his book was an absolute joy. It is a great read and I recommend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2009

    Too much EGO-Too much TED!

    The book could have been much more interesting if it was more involved in other aspects besides just Ted and his high opinion of himself. Thought it might read like "Barbarians At The Gate" but not even close. Would not recommend to others.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    Very slow reading. It was borderline boring. I would not and have not recommended it to anyone.

    I do not choose to review this selection.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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