Cable Cowboy

by Mark Robichaux

Book Reviews

  • @zackkanter @kevinakwok Both are important books. The John Malone book could be better since there is not enough material on why and how versus who and when.Link to Tweet
  • 20/ "A big operator like TCI could give a new network a big head start, and as valuable as its laid wires were, if the cable industry kept growing, the new networks now launching could be even more valuable." Cable Cowboy To be continued later today.Link to Tweet
  • 7/ One quaity I look for in a book is a real desire of the author to educate readers. I put writers like Michael Mauboussin and Jason Zweig at the top of my list on that dimension. Sometimes a great story makes the book valuable like Shoe Dog, Cable Cowboy or the Les Schwab book to Tweet

About 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.