By Sumner Redstone
in a single of the main interesting enterprise autobiographies of this or the other 12 months, Sumner Redstone tells the unvarnished tale of ways he overcame each difficulty to construct an unlimited media and leisure engine that comes with Paramount photographs, MTV, Nickelodeon, Blockbuster, Simon & Schuster, and now CBS. A larger-than-life determine within the grand culture of the Hearsts, Paleys, and Pulitzers, and voted in a contemporary survey of six hundred company executives because the number-one most provoking CEO, this is often the guy who can really say, "I am Viacom."
A ardour to Win provides a riveting glance behind the curtain on the hugely charged negotiations that gained Redstone either Viacom and Paramount. The e-book unearths the serious company calculations and powerful feelings of Redstone's head-to-head confrontations with such adversaries as Barry Diller and H. Wayne Huizenga. A ardour to Win takes the reader alongside at the monetary roller-coaster journey that all started while Blockbuster went into the tank, risking Redstone's fortune and life's paintings. via the top of that experience, Redstone had righted his corporation and revolutionized the video undefined. In an international of high-visibility company battles, Redstone pulls no punches. this is often the fellow who confronted down a pack of thugs after they threatened manufacturer Bob Evans throughout the filming of The Cotton Club. And it is a publication that indicates the reader what it takes to win.
in the back of all of it is similar iron will that helped Redstone to outlive a perilous fireplace at Boston's Copley Plaza inn via clinging with one hand to a third-story ledge earlier than being rescued -- with burns so critical over approximately part his physique that medical professionals feared he may die.
Born in a Boston tenement, he graduated first in his classification at Boston Latin, went via Harvard in 3 years, used to be selected for a different cryptography unit within the U.S. military whose task used to be to crack eastern codes in the course of global conflict II, then, after Harvard legislation college, effectively pleaded circumstances sooner than the U.S. court docket of Appeals and the U.S. best courtroom -- all of this sooner than embarking on his excellent enterprise occupation.
by no means prior to has Sumner Redstone printed himself so candidly, and now, with the help of author Peter Knobler (who co-wrote legal professional Daniel Petrocelli's bestseller Triumph of Justice, concerning the O.J. Simpson civil suit), he has produced an inspirational existence tale that may command significant attention.
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