Ted Turner
A Biography
by Michael O'Connor
November 2009, 246pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35042-9
$43, £34, 38€, A59
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He is the man who practically invented cable television, including the first superstation and the first 24-hour news channel. He is also a hugely successful baseball team owner, avid sportsman, free-wheeling businessman, unabashed environmentalist, the country’s largest individual land owner, and the prototype of the modern celebrity CEO.

This book chronicles the life story of Ted Turner—cable television mogul, successful baseball team owner, and fascinating public figure.

Ted Turner: A Biography tells the story of a man whose wide range of accomplishments have led to a Man of the Year award from Time magazine, induction into the Advertising Hall of Fame, and numerous awards and honorary degrees for humanitarian, philanthropic, and environmental activism.

Ted Turner shows how this remarkable, unpredictable man built the risky purchase of a small Atlanta UHF station into a cable television juggernaut, as well as how Turner transformed the Atlanta Braves from a lowly franchise to one of baseball’s most popular and successful teams. The book also highlights other fascinating aspects of Turner’s life, including his record-breaking career as a yachtsman, his extraordinary efforts to save the American bison, his headline-making marriage to Jane Fonda, and his sometimes contradictory, often controversial public persona.


  • Provides a chronology of key events in the life of Ted Turner
  • Includes a photo essay portraying Turner through the years
Michael O'Connor has been a publishing professional for over 25 years. In 1977 he was a television production trainee at Ted Estabrook's Exploring Post 1, creating shows aired on cable TV in New York, NY. This is his first book.


"For high school students and general readers, O'Connor, a writer, editor, and publisher, offers a biography of businessman Ted Turner that chronicles his life, career, and interests as an entrepreneur, baseball team owner, sportsman, environmentalist, and land owner. It details his childhood and education, his early business ventures, his purchase of a small Atlanta station and its transformation into a cable superstation, his founding of the first cable news channel that became CNN, his transformation of the Atlanta Braves into a successful team, his career as a yachtsman, his efforts to save the American bison, his marriage to Jane Fonda, and his public persona."—Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2010
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