By Ted Turner, Todd Wilkinson
Entrepreneur and media rich person Ted Turner has commanded international consciousness for his dramatic character, his founding of CNN, his marriage to Jane Fonda, and his company’s merger with Time Warner. yet his eco-friendly resume has long gone mostly missed, even whereas his function as a pioneering eco-capitalist potential extra to Turner than the other element of his legacy. He at the moment owns greater than million acres of non-public land (more than the other person in America), and his bison herd exceeds 50,000 head, the biggest in historical past. He donated $1 billion to assist retailer the UN, and has recorded dozens of alternative firsts with reference to natural world conservation, scuffling with nukes, and supporting the bad. He calls international warming the main dire risk dealing with humanity, and says that the tycoons of the long run could be minted within the improvement of eco-friendly, replacement renewable energy.
Last Stand is going behind the curtain into Turner’s deepest existence, exploring the man’s accomplishments and his motivations, exhibiting the realm a desirable and unsuitable, absolutely three-d personality. From barnstorming the rustic with T. Boone Pickens on behalf of eco-friendly power to a pivotal evening while he thought of suicide, Turner isn't the guy the general public believes him to be. via Turner’s eyes, the reader is requested to contemplate otherwise of puzzling over the surroundings, our responsibilities to aid others in desire, and the grave demanding situations threatening the survival of civilization.
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Extra info for Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest To Save a Troubled Planet
There was always an adversary to confront, always a competition going on within himself and against other entities, Glover says. In sailing, it was against other boats and crews. In television, the other networks. He once challenged his media rival Rupert Murdoch of News Corp. to enter the boxing ring to scrap on TV. “He doesn’t see the world that way anymore,” Glover says. “He is much more self-reflective and focused on trying to bring people together. He’s thinking hard about how he can contribute to resolving human challenges that involve issues far bigger than himself.
Envy? Sure there’s a lot of that. It’s what makes him stand out and sometimes what turns him into a target for criticism. indd 33 1/2/13 4:42 PM Last Stand Turner’s bison herd is now self-perpetuating. He hasn’t bought an animal in decades, although he has steadily increased his land holdings. “I know Ted cultivated a reputation for shrewdly negotiating media deals, but when it comes to buying land, and him knowing what its ownership meant to the families putting it up for sale, he’s always insisted that we be fair,” Miller says.
The next morning, before sunup, Turner eagerly arrived on Dobrott’s doorstep, telling him to put on his hiking boots and take along a pad of paper. It was time for a trek. His new boss, Dobrott says, had an agenda for how they were going to make the place better than they found it and heal the rolling grasslands of decades of abuse attributed to overgrazing by cattle. indd 35 1/2/13 4:42 PM Last Stand rock to reach a ridgeline overlook with a five-hundred-foot lethal dropoff on the side. “I dutifully followed, taking notes along the way,” Dobrott says.
Last Stand: Ted Turner's Quest To Save a Troubled Planet by Ted Turner, Todd Wilkinson