By Sue Corbett Alex Tresniowski Caroline Leavitt JOANNA POWELL
December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

by Ted Turner

REVIEWED BY CAROLINE LEAVITT

MEMOIR

Turner’s one fascinating fellow: media legend, America’s Cup winner, ex-husband of Jane Fonda. But in his new memoir, he high-rolls from buying the Atlanta Braves to starting CNN, not really tarrying for introspection, which makes much of what he chronicles feel bloodless: his father’s suicide, his sister’s death, his excitement at winning the ’77 America’s Cup (“I enjoyed the hard work … and the recognition”). Luckily, there are revealing sidebars from the likes of Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates, and a few neat tidbits of his own: Turner stopping a U.N. meeting to play with a monkey he spots in a tree; Turner giving Fidel Castro fishing lessons. And this: Returning to his ranch after he and Fonda divorced, he found her bedroom closet empty. “I sat down on the floor,” he writes, “and cried.”

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