"Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise "
These words of fatherly advice helped shape Ted Turner's
remarkable life, but they only begin to explain the colorful,
energetic, and unique style that has made Ted into one of the most
amazing business executives of our time. Along the way - among his
numerous accomplishments -- Ted became one of the richest men in
the world, the largest land owner in the United States,
revolutionized the television business with the creation of TBS and
CNN, became a champion sailor and winner of the America's Cup, and
took home a World Series championship trophy in 1995 as owner of
the Atlanta Braves.
An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and
groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend,
and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From
his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media
empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no
details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and
sometimes bumpy ride.
You'll also hear Ted's personal take on how we can save the
world...share his experiences in the dugout on the day when he
appointed himself as manager of the Atlanta Braves....learn how he
almost lost his life in the 1979 Fastnet sailing race (but came out
the winner)...and discover surprising details about his dealings
with Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates,
Jack Welch, Warren Buffett, and many more of the most influential
people of the past half century.
Ted also doesn't shrink from the darker and more intimate details
of his life. With his usual frankness, he discusses a childhood of
loneliness (he was left at a boarding school by his parents at the
tender age of four), and the emotional impact of devastating losses
(Ted's beloved sister died at seventeen and his hard-charging
father committed suicide when Ted was still in his early twenties).
Turner is also forthcoming about his marriages, including the one
to Oscar-winning actress, Jane Fonda.
Along the way, Ted's friends, colleagues, and family are equally
revealing in their unique "Ted Stories" which are peppered
throughout the book. Jane Fonda, especially, provides intriguing
insights into Ted's inner drive and character.
In CALL ME TED, you'll hear Ted Turner's distinctive voice on
every page. Always forthright, he tells you what makes him tick and
what ticks him off, and delivers an honest account of what he's all
about. Inspiring and entertaining, CALL ME TED sheds new light on
one of the greatest visionaries of our time.
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