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Author: Peter Knobler, Sumner Redstone Narrator: Sumner Redstone Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2001 ISBN: 9780743545600
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A titan of modern media, Viacom Chairman and CEO Sumner Redstone reveals how he battled his way to become the head of one of the world's greatest media empires, and the richest man in entertainment.

In this most fascinating business autobiography, Sumner Redstone tells the unvarnished story of how he overcame every obstacle to build a vast media and entertainment engine that includes Paramount Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Blockbuster, Simon & Schuster, and CBS. A larger-than-life figure in the grand tradition of the Hearsts, Paleys, and Pulitzers, Redstone was voted by 600 corporate executives as the #1 most inspiring CEO.

A Passion to Win offers a riveting look behind the scenes at the highly charged negotiations that won Redstone both Viacom and Paramount. In a world of high-visibility corporate battles, Redstone pulls no punches. This is the audiobook that tells the listener what it takes to win.

Behind it all is the same iron will that helped Redstone to survive a deadly fire at Boston's Copley Plaza Hotel by clinging with one hand to a third story ledge before being rescued -- with burns so severe over nearly half of his body that doctors feared he would die.

Never before has Sumner Redstone revealed himself so candidly -- and with the assistance of writer Peter Knobler -- he has written an inspirational life story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An epic tale that evokes such larger-than-life figures as Hearst and Pulitzer.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Once hooked by the gripping, harrowing prologue, readers will be hard pressed to set aside this moving memoir…Throughout this riveting inside story, Redstone’s clarity of focus and uncompromising principles clearly resonate. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Offers surprisingly frank opinions…This book will have people talking.” 


  • “A robust autobiography…Outrageous as he is, for personality and readability, Redstone gets an A.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/26/2004

    " Sweet Lou from the Souix. Anyone who enjoys Lou Lanne on KFAN or just Lou in general will love this book. He does have a high option of himself, but he has earned it. Good read and great insight on a fascinating life. "

About the Narrator

Sumner Murray Redstone is an American media magnate. He is the majority owner and chairman of the board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, he and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation, Viacom, MTV Networks, BET, and the film studio Paramount Pictures, and they are equal partners in