BOOK REVIEW: 'Media Man' requires a bit more research

Media Man grew out of an article that well-known author Ken Auletta wrote about Ted Turner for The New Yorker - and it reads that way.

Media Man grew out of an article that well-known author Ken Auletta wrote about Ted Turner for The New Yorker - and it reads that way.

It's breezy and quick, nearly as quick as Auletta says Turner was in his prime. It's interesting, too. How could it not be, given the subject? Turner started CNN, changing the face of the news business in the process. He also helped reshape TV forever by selling his Atlanta station's programs to cable operators and going on to start several cable networks. But ultimately, the book comes off a bit cliched, positioning Turner as the rich guy who could never truly be happy - or even relaxed for that matter. A big point is made of how he never stays in one place more than five days. The issue of how his father's suicide impacted him is raised several times, but that question is never fully answered. I'd like to think a man like Turner, who has so much wealth that he vowed to donate $1 billion to the UN, has found happiness somewhere. Perhaps I need to find a more extensive bio to get the answer to that question. Title Media Man Author Ken Auletta Publisher W.W. Norton & Co. (September 2004), 188 pages Reviewed by John N. Frank

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