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A Curious Discovery

by John Hendricks

A Curious Discovery is one of the most complete and honest accounts of entrepreneurship and the building of a giant corporation ever written. Media visionary John Hendricks takes the reader on his unforgettable journey from founding Discovery Communications over a breakfast table to establishing the organization as the worlds largest provider of television content. Hendricks tells this remarkable story--from the triumphs to the failures--with unflinching candor. In the process, he shares what hes learned over the past three decades, from the obstacles and successes of the early years to the very real and very different challenges that exist today. The result is not only a powerful autobiography and corporate history, but also a valuable primer for all budding entrepreneurs. A Curious Discovery goes behind the scenes, telling the fascinating stories of some of the networks most popular shows: Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters, The Crocodile Hunter, Planet Earth, Dirty Jobs, and Trading Spaces. It also draws lessons from the networks setbacks, including the unsuccessful collaboration with the New York Times, and explains the companys high-profile decisions, such as Discoverys partnership with Oprah Winfrey and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Hendricks reveals that his achievements would not have been possible without one crucial factor that has informed his life since childhood: curiosity. Ever eager to learn, to uncover--even to take enormous risks--his questioning mind has guided his development and success, and continues to shape his outlook today as he works to improve education around the world.

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