CITIZEN TURNER: THE WILD RISE OF AN AMERICAN TYCOON
by Robert Goldberg and Gerald Jay Goldberg
Harcourt Brace, NY, 1995.
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Praise for CITIZEN TURNER:
--Citizen Turner is biography at its best, a wildly
entertaining story…. While others have written about Turner, the
strength of this book…is that it pulls together the complex bundle
of tragedy, personal contradictions and outrageous business savvy that
mark the man.
--The Goldbergs have written an exciting account of the
fast-lane life of the media mogul. …A dynamic book on all counts.
--Citizen Turner is more up-close and personal
than earlier [Turner] biographies….An admirable job of research
--A captivating account of an American tycoon and his spectacular
--This is a whizbang of a book. Robert Goldberg and Gerald
Jay Goldberg have performed some kind of hat trick here. They have delivered
a strong piece of journalism, researching and reporting with great range
and completeness on a subject who is powerful, very much alive, and who
did not wish the book to be written. They have created a seamless and
readable narrative, never an easy task for collaborators, but some kind
of miracle, one would think, when the collaborators are father and son.
And they have chosen an enormously problematic, not to say obnoxious,
subject, and made you rejoice that he is alive….It is, for instance,
easily the only serious biography I’ve ever read that made me laugh
so hard I had to stop reading to wipe my eyes and blow my nose.
--Citizen Turner is the best, most complete of the Turner
--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.
--Highly entertaining and will likely appeal to a wide audience.
Recommended for all.
--The Goldbergs’ book is a significant achievement.
--This is the fourth biography of the 57-year-old Atlantan
who started Cable News Network when he was 42 …. It is the best.
--Media mogul Ted Turner is often called “Captain
Outrageous” and “The Mouth of the South.” In their expansive
and lively new biography, the Goldbergs--father and son--offer a third.
Their title recalls “Citizen Kane,” the legendary Orson Welles
film….Neither Hearst’s life, nor Kane’s were more exciting
or controversial than Turner’s….Citizen Turner, the
book and the life, are worthy of movie treatment.
--There is enormous drama in this “wild rise”
which the Goldbergs capture….In Citizen Turner they have
delivered a book that is well written and meticulously researched.
--Paradox is the essence of the Ted Turner that emerges
in Citizen Turner: The Wild Rise of an American Tycoon ….A page
--The Goldbergs manage the complex task of finding the logic
to define this life that rambles from fierce tycoon to head-over-heels
romantic.…It is a fascinating story.
--The life of Ted Turner, “half visionary, half crackpot,
and all-American character,” is so colorful that this father-son
team must have had trouble holding their book to 525 pages. The Goldbergs
do a marvelous job.
--This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary
(and mercurial) man….Employing hundreds of interviews of Turner’s
friends, relatives, associates and employees, past and present, the Goldbergs
weave a riveting tale…Altogether worth reading by anyone who watches
the news on TV.
--Citizen Turner is a riveting new biography of
sports/media tycoon Ted Turner. Like a tightly woven tapestry, the book
presents the many sides of the legendary sailor, entrepreneur, raconteur,
and occasional visionary.