Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business

4.34 avg rating
( 509 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780471706373: Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

An inside look at a cable titan and his industry
John Malone, hailed as one of the great unsung heroes of our age bysome and reviled by others as a ruthless robber baron, is revealedas a bit of both in Cable Cowboy. For more than twenty-five years,Malone has dominated the cable television industry, shaping theworld of entertainment and communications, first with his cablecompany TCI and later with Liberty Media. Written with Malone'sunprecedented cooperation, the engaging narrative brings thiscontroversial capitalist and businessman to life. Cable Cowboy isat once a penetrating portrait of Malone's complex persona, and acaptivating history of the cable TV industry. Told in a livelystyle with exclusive details, the book shows how an unassumingcopper strand started as a backwoods antenna service and became thedigital nervous system of the U.S., an evolution that gave U.S.consumers the fastest route to the Internet. Cable Cowboy revealsthe forces that propelled this pioneer to such great heights, andcaptures the immovable conviction and quicksilver mind that havedefined John Malone throughout his career.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

John Malone's rise to power within cable television was wild and improbable, and it mirrors how the nation's network of high-speed cable wires-the most sophisticated in the world-came to be.

Recognized now as one of the great unsung business titans of the information age and vilified as the "Darth Vader" of the cable-TV industry, John Malone cut the deals and created the companies that have defined modern entertainment and communications in our lives.

In Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business, author Mark Robichaux paints a riveting portrait of Malone and details the competitive struggles of the industry through the eyes of the man who would come to dominate it.

Vivid detail and a colorful narrative bring Malone's story to life as the intelligent and opinionated thirty-one-year old passes on the opportunity of a lifetime in New York City to take control of a tiny debt-ridden cable-TV company in Denver known as Tele-Communications Inc. As Malone transforms his beloved TCI into a media colossus over three decades, he, too, is transformed, from an East Coast, Ivy League student and sailor, into a cunning and commanding cable cowboy. Malone and TCI jump into a ruthless corporate battle to control the world's living rooms amid an onslaught of new technology and government rules.

You'll see Malone navigate an uncharted industry, relying on deal-making savvy, a brotherhood of cable entrepreneurs, and a passion to create wealth that bordered on pure instinct. Malone develops TCI into a force in the young industry, which evolves from a low-cost antennae service into a high-speed electronic pipeline known as broadband. Everything changes with the biggest deal of his life, when he convinces the oldest and biggest telephone company in America, AT&T, to purchase the company for $48 billion in stock and debt.

Cable Cowboy follows Malone as he battles the court of public opinion, local and federal governments, and business leaders such as News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, Microsoft's Bill Gates, and Viacom's Sumner Redstone in his pursuit of a more lucrative cable company and more powerful cable industry.

Today, Malone continues the cable crusade here and abroad with his Liberty Media Corp. Read Cable Cowboy and find out how the vision of one man and one industry sparked a revolution felt around the world.

From the Back Cover:

Praise for CABLE COWBOY

"Cable Cowboy is a first-rate work by a first-ratereporter—excellent, original research on a topic that deservesit."
—Bryan Burrough coauthor of Barbarians at the Gate

"With skill and precision, author Mark Robichaux paints aportrait of a man who is both fox and lamb, cunningly ruthless andsurprisingly genuine. . . . We get to watch a man who plays chessagainst opponents who merely play checkers.And we get a really goodread."
—Ken Auletta author of Media Man: Ted Turner's ImprobableEmpire and Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way

"John Malone's remarkable climb [is] a tale worthy of a greatcinematic Western. For the first time, we get a sharp picture ofthe man behind the mogul, an unflinching portrait of one of thebusiness world's sharpest dealmakers. I dare you to put itdown."
—Tom King author of The Operator: David Geffen Builds, Buys,and Sells the New Hollywood

"Robichaux has provided a smart assessment of the cable industrythrough the wild narrative of John Malone . . . and turned it intoa tale that manages to be both colorful and informative."
—Walter Isaacson President and CEO of the Aspen Institute,former chairman of CNN, and author of Benjamin Franklin: AnAmerican Life

"A terrific saga of American enterprise—how lonely wires onwindswept hillsides were stretched and spun into the InformationSuperhighway—as seen through the remarkable career of cabletelevision's greatest entrepreneur."
—David Von Drehle author of Triangle: The Fire That ChangedAmerica

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 18.95
US$ 15.75

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780471236399: Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  047123639X ISBN 13:  9780471236399
Publisher: Wiley, 2002
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Mark Robichaux
Published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Wiley and Sons Ltd, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Revised ed.. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # AAH9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Mark Robichaux
Published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Wiley and Sons Ltd, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Revised ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Seller Inventory # AAH9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.77
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Robichaux, Mark
Published by John Wiley and#38; Sons (2005)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Wiley and#38; Sons, 2005. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Robichaux, Mark
Published by Wiley 3/23/2005 (2005)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley 3/23/2005, 2005. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Robichaux, Mark
Published by Wiley (2018)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 047170637X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Mark Robichaux
Published by Wiley
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Wiley. Paperback. Condition: New. 320 pages. An inside look at a cable titan and his industryJohn 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 Malones unprecedented cooperation, the engaging narrative brings this controversial capitalist and businessman to life. Cable Cowboy is at once a penetrating portrait of Malones 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.60
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Mark Robichaux
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST047170637X. Seller Inventory # ST047170637X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Mark Robichaux
Published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Wiley and Sons Ltd. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.82
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Robichaux, Mark
Published by John Wiley & Sons (2005)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0001513773

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Mark Robichaux; Robichaux
Published by John Wiley & Sons (2005)
ISBN 10: 047170637X ISBN 13: 9780471706373
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # EH9780471706373

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.51
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book