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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.

About the Author

John Hendricks is founder and chairman of Discovery Communications.



Early Stirrings
A ninth-generation American, John Hendricks was born on March 29, 1952. He lived with his parents and older siblings in Hatfield Bottom, West Virginia, deep within forested, coal-mining country. When Hendricks was five, an enterprising uncle rigged an antenna on a hilltop...

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