A Passion to Win

Version: Abridged
Author: Summer Redstone , Peter Knobler
Narrator: Summer Redstone
Genres: Business & Economics, Biography & Memoir, Business, Biography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: June 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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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.

Reviews (6)

Don't try so hard

Written by Anonymous on January 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I am sure this guy is successful and very bright but he tries way too hard to convince me that he is great. It reminded me of a Jack Welch wannabe. I could only make it throught the first disk and then gave up. I'm glad I didnt buy it.

Inside Big Business

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent book for the business minded. Read by the author and included various corporate merger details.

Interesting but ....

Written by Anonymous from Basking Ridge, NJ on February 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book was interesting but I got the feeling Sumner was just trying to superficially prove how smart he was. It did not include many details about his strategy and how he deployed it. Therefore, the book did not have much useful educational material.

Passion to Win

Written by David Wyatt on October 28th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book presents Redstone as he really is. The guts of success and failure at the highest levels of business shine through.

Great book, very interesting story

Written by Brad Grissom on October 24th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book is not the typical stupid how to business book. Rather, its the story of Viacom. I highly recommend this one.

An entertaining life biography of a business man

Written by Sean Neville on August 5th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Sumner provides a good perspective on how he rose from successful to super-successful in the media world. His candidness comes through more than most books as he narrates it himself.

Author Details

Author Details

Knobler, Peter

Daniel Petrocelli has been practicing law with the Los Angeles-based law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp for nearly twenty years. As a result of his work on the O.J. Simpson civil case and other high-profile cases, Mr. Petrocelli has gained national prominence as a trial lawyer, lecturer, and contributor to a wide array of legal commentary. Mr. Petrocelli lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marian, and their two children, Rachel and Adam. Triumph of Justice is Mr. Petrocelli's first book.
Peter Knobler wrote the best-selling political memoir All's Fair with James Carville and Mary Mat