An inside look at a cable titan and his industry
John Malone, hailed as one of the great unsung heroes of our age by some and reviled by others as a ruthless robber baron, is revealed as a bit of both in Cable Cowboy. For more than twenty–five years, Malone has dominated the cable television industry, shaping the world of entertainment and communications, first with his cable company TCI and later with Liberty Media. Written with Malone′s unprecedented cooperation, the engaging narrative brings this controversial capitalist and businessman to life. Cable Cowboy is at once a penetrating portrait of Malone′s complex persona, and a captivating history of the cable TV industry. Told in a lively style with exclusive details, the book shows how an unassuming copper strand started as a backwoods antenna service and became the digital nervous system of the U.S., an evolution that gave U.S. consumers the fastest route to the Internet. Cable Cowboy reveals the forces that propelled this pioneer to such great heights, and captures the immovable conviction and quicksilver mind that have defined John Malone throughout his career.
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Robichaux, an editor of the Wall Street Journal′s "Weekend" section, covered cable television for the paper from 1989 to 2001. Here he draws on interviews and published sources to produce a well–written account of John Malone. In the early 1970′s, at the young age of 29, Malone took over a small cable company on the edge of bankruptcy known as Tele–Communications, Inc. (TCl), which he adeptly turned around and in 1998 sold to AT&T for $48 billion, making it the largest media merger in history. The author weaves an intricate tale of the cable industry and TCI as he reveals the brilliant deal–making strategies that built the largest cable company in the world. A typical strategy would be to swap stock, which defers recognition of profit on the deal whereby taxes would not have to be paid. Using these tactics, Malone acquired hundreds of companies and was viewed as a monopolist, creating a political backlash in Washington that caused him to be called Darth Vader, Genghis Khan, and the Godfather rolled into one. Readable and well researched, this work is unauthorized but was written with Malone′s cooperation. Recommended for media collections in public libraries and those interested in the "art of the deal." Bellinda Wise, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY ( Library Journal, January 15, 2003)
"Readable and well researched..." ( Library Journal, January 15, 2003)
Praise for Cable Cowboy
"Cable Cowboy is a first–rate work by a first–rate reporter–excellent, original research on a topic that deserves it."
author of Barbarians at the Gate, and Dragonfly: NASA and the Crisis Aboard MIR
"With skill and precision, author Mark Robichaux paints a portrait of a man who is both fox and lamb, cunningly ruthless and surprisingly genuine. . . . We get to watch a man who plays chess against opponents who merely play checkers. And we get a really good read."
author of World War 3.0: Microsoft Vs. the U.S. Government, and the Battle to Rule the Digital Age and Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way
"John Malone′s remarkable climb [is] a tale worthy of a great cinematic Western. For the first time, we get a sharp picture of the man behind the mogul, an unflinching portrait of one of the business world′s sharpest dealmakers. I dare you to put it down."
author of The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood
"Robichaux has provided a smart assessment of the cable industry through the wild narrative of John Malone. . . . and turned it into a tale that manages to be both colorful and informative."
Chairman, CNN, and author of Kissinger: A Biography
"A terrific saga of American enterprise–how lonely wires on windswept hillsides were stretched and spun into the Information Superhighway–as seen through the remarkable career of cable television′s greatest entrepreneur."
–David Von Drehle
author of Among the Lowest of the Dead: Inside Death Row
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