IT AIN'T AS EASY AS IT LOOKS by Porter Bibb

IT AIN'T AS EASY AS IT LOOKS

Ted Turner's Amazing Story

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A gossipy but enlightening rundown on the madcap mogul whose contrarian approach to broadcast media has made him a billionaire and left big tracks across the globe. In recounting how Robert Edward (``Ted'') Turner III built a transnational Atlanta-based empire that encompasses a clutch of TV networks (including CNN), the MGM film library, pro sports franchises, movie studios, satellite facilities, and allied assets, Bibb (a former Newsweek correspondent now employed as an investment banker) largely avoids the issue of whether his subject is a force for good or ill. Although he gives the Brown University expellee full credit, for instance, for capitalizing on the Information Age's commercial potential, the author steers clear of value judgments, opting instead for a narrative account of Turner's career and character--both of which were shaped to a great extent by conflicts with a domineering father who died by his own hand. Even so, the tale of how Turner (b. 1938) made his way as a world- class visionary, womanizer, and yachtsman holds considerable appeal. Married three times (most recently to Jane Fonda), Turner created an immensely influential TV-based enterprise from the billboard-advertising operation he inherited. An ultracompetitive entrepreneur willing to run big risks, ``Terrible Ted'' (as he's known in show-biz and ocean-racing circles) doesn't shy from going against the grain of conventional cable-industry wisdom. Nor does the so-called ``Mouth of the South'' hesitate to trumpet his boardroom and bedroom triumphs. Somewhere along his wayward ascent, however, Turner (who's on a lithium regimen) seems to have acquired a social conscience, and he now devotes much of his considerable energy to environmental causes and international peace. A dirt-dishing, fast-paced progress report on a consequential and controversial magnate on whom the book has yet to be closed. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs--not seen)

Pub Date: Nov. 10th, 1993
ISBN: 0-517-59322-X
Page count: 512pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993




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