Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American
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The definitive biography of an enigmatic business legend
Andy Grove, the CEO of Intel during its years of explosive growth, is on the shortlist of America’s most admired businesspeople, along with Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates. Brilliant, brave, and willing to defy conventional wisdom, Grove is, according to Harvard Business School professor Richard S. Tedlow, “the best model we have for leading a business in the twenty-first century.”
Grove gave Tedlow unprecedented access to his private papers, along with wide-ranging interviews and access to his closest friends and key business associates. Nothing was off limits, and Tedlow was free to draw his own conclusions. The result is not just a gripping life story but a fascinating analysis of how Grove attacks problems.
Born a Hungarian Jew in 1936, Andras Istvan Grof survived the Nazis only to face the Soviet invasion of his country. He fled to America at age twenty, studied engineering, and arrived in Silicon Valley just in time for a historic opportunity. He became the third employee of Intel, working for the legendary Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce.
As talented as he was as an engineer, Grove became an even better manager, as we learn from exclusive excerpts from his secret management diaries. Tedlow shows us exactly how that penniless immigrant taught himself to lead a major corporation through some of the toughest challenges in the history of business.
This is an inspiring biography that will enthrall anyone who cares about technology or leadership.
"Andy Grove is everything Richard Tedlow describes in this definitive biography. Andy defines leadership in the modern age and Tedlow captures it perfectly."
—ERIC SCHMIDT, CEO, Google Inc.
"Tedlow's Andy Grove is a tour de force. You must read this. It's the extraordinary, warm, and detailed story of Andy Grove -immigration, innovation, and leadership."
—JOHN DOERR, one of the nation's leading venture capitalists
"Andy recognized the future and helped make it happen. I have benefited from his insight and skills over the years as have millions of consumers throughout the world."
—MICHAEL DELL, chairman, Dell, Inc.
"Like Astaire and Rogers, Lennon and McCartney, or Tracy and Hepburn, Grove and Tedlow are the perfect match. Tedlow is a master craftsman-great words, great wit. This book transcends the 'learn from the successful CEO' genre just as Intel's performance under Grove transcended the normal corporate landscape."
—ROBERT J. DOLAN, dean, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
"Andy Grove's story will resonate with anyone who has dreamed of a better life. Through sheer hard work and a willingness to embrace the future, be it a new country or a new technology, he helped build a company that made computers a part of our everyday life."
—FRANK LOWY, chairman, The Westfield Group
"This page-turning drama, told by a master biographer, combines both the grand narrative and the fascinating details of Andy Grove's life. Perhaps many already know that Grove is the greatest American business leader of his generation, but everyone will be enthralled by the twists, turns, surprises, and triumphs of Tedlow's true story."
—REED HUNDT, former chairman, Federal Communications Commission
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About the Author
Richard S. Tedlow is the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the author of Giants of Enterprise (one of BusinessWeek’s ten best books of 2001) and The Watson Dynasty.
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