Summary of A Curious Discovery
An Entrepreneur’s Story
A CURIOUS DISCOVERY by John Hendricks. © 2013 by John Hendricks. Published by arrangement with HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
How a backwoods West Virginian bucked common wisdom to become a global media mogul.
John Hendricks’s life story features an irresistible narrative arc, from his modest beginnings in Hatfield Bottom, West Virginia, to his ventures at the highest levels of global finance, media and government. The stories he tells about his philosophies, relationships, perseverance in the face of catastrophe, and lessons learned from success and failure enrich this absorbing tale. Hendricks’s account of starting and sustaining an international media empire combines soul-searching with mentorship. Although the chronology is a bit ragged, Hendrix sweeps the reader along with cliffhangers, reversals and saves. getAbstract recommends this lively portrait to those interested in entrepreneurship, media, government regulation and the development of cable television.
In this summary, you will learn
- How John Hendricks’s childhood curiosity about history and science led him to launch The Discovery Channel,
- How he survived business challenges and navigated a changing media landscape, and
- How the Discovery Network became the world’s largest provider of nonfiction television content.
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