Citizen Turner: The Wild Rise of an American Tycoon

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"Citizen Turner" is the saga of Ted Turner and his pell-mell rush to create a global communications empire. Business magnate, crusading environmentalist, founder of Cable News Network, triumphant defender of the America's Cup, Time magazine's 1991 Man of the Year, Turner has collected a warehouse full of trophies. Recognition of this sort has been especially important to him since his father's death. Gerald Jay Goldberg and Robert Goldberg—themselves father and son—show how Turner's life has been crucially influenced by the shadow of his ...
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"Citizen Turner" is the saga of Ted Turner and his pell-mell rush to create a global communications empire. Business magnate, crusading environmentalist, founder of Cable News Network, triumphant defender of the America's Cup, Time magazine's 1991 Man of the Year, Turner has collected a warehouse full of trophies. Recognition of this sort has been especially important to him since his father's death. Gerald Jay Goldberg and Robert Goldberg—themselves father and son—show how Turner's life has been crucially influenced by the shadow of his alcoholic father. As a boy, Ted, with missionary zeal, went about saving wounded animals; the relentlessly overachieving adult Turner leaps to the rescue of wounded companies and longs to save the world. No stranger to crises—often of his own making—he seems to function best in hurricane winds. In such a context, his efforts to improve the planet's environment and his recent marriage to cinema goddess Jane Fonda take on a new meaning. Employing hundreds of interviews with Turner's friends, relatives, associates, and employees past and present, the Goldbergs tell of his troubled marriages and nonmarriages, his creation of CNN, his purchase of the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, his encounters with Fidel Castro and Mikhail Gorbachev, his establishment of the Goodwill Games, and his play to acquire CBS and MGM.

Here is the full, unvarnished story of Ted Turner. Profoundly affected and driven by his father's suicide when he was only 24, the young Turner's riches-to-rags-to-riches life is truly an "only-in-America" yarn.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite some minor problems-such as too much detail about Turner's troubled youth and not enough information about how the cash-strapped entrepreneur financed his early expansion-the Goldbergs (Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and the Evening News) have written an exciting account of the fast-lane life of the media mogul. Taking over the family outdoor advertising business after his father's suicide in 1963, Turner entered the television business in 1970 by purchasing small Southern UHF stations. He quickly turned them into important components of the fledgling cable television industry and steadily added to his media empire, as well as acquiring the Atlanta Braves and Hawks. But the Goldbergs show that Turner's most important launch was Cable News Network. After a shaky start, CNN has turned into a cash cow and arguably the most influential news service in the world, an ironic achievement for a man who never followed the news. Along with examining his often rocky business life, the Goldbergs shed plenty of light on Turner's personal affairs, including his three marriages (his present wife is Jane Fonda, with whom he shares a passion for ``saving the earth''), numerous girlfriends and stormy relationships with his five children. The authors also touch on Turner's sailing career, which culminated in winning the America's Cup in 1977. A dynamic book on all counts. (July)
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A father-and-son team take on business dynamo Ted Turner.
David Rouse
Books about today's media moguls, such as Rupert Murdoch, Sir James Goldsmith, and Ted Turner, usually make an obligatory nod--as do the Goldbergs here through Orson Welles--to William Randolph Hearst, the quintessential press baron. And the comparisons are usually apt. In this case, Turner, like his turn-of-the-century predecessor, has led a colorful life, accumulated great wealth, built a global communications empire, and wielded great power. Turner has already been profiled in at least four books, most recently by Porter Bibb in "It Ain't As Easy As it Looks" 1993. Now, armed with the results of more than 200 interviews, the Goldbergs, father-and-son writers who earlier looked at the way television covers the news with "Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and the Evening News" 1990, offer this exhaustively researched, quite personal look at the man who created CNN, the network that revolutionized worldwide news coverage and that sometimes is itself responsible for influencing that news. Because Turner is often making news himself and creating controversy, there will always be an interest in his activities and plans and in the latest book about him.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780151180080
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 525
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.73 (d)

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