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Distant Force: A Memoir of the Teledyne Corporation and the Man Who Created It, with an Introduction to Teledyne Technologies

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30 review for Distant Force: A Memoir of the Teledyne Corporation and the Man Who Created It, with an Introduction to Teledyne Technologies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lama

    This book isn’t the most well-written, but its content is valuable. Other than The Outsiders by William Thorndike, virtually no other author spends a significant chunk of their book talking about Henry Singleton. While I’m appreciative that Roberts wrote this book, it mostly read like a straight copy of the Teledyne annual shareholder letters and other reports, sprinkled in with a few anecdotes. It touches a bit on Singleton, but do not confuse this book for a biography of the man himself. All in This book isn’t the most well-written, but its content is valuable. Other than The Outsiders by William Thorndike, virtually no other author spends a significant chunk of their book talking about Henry Singleton. While I’m appreciative that Roberts wrote this book, it mostly read like a straight copy of the Teledyne annual shareholder letters and other reports, sprinkled in with a few anecdotes. It touches a bit on Singleton, but do not confuse this book for a biography of the man himself. All in all, I’d still recommend this book for anyone interested in learning about Singleton’s approach to managemen, Teledyne’s history as a corporation, and/or businesses.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ngee Poo

    Not an easy read given the businesses they engage in are pretty technical in nature. Gives a decent insight into the workings of Singleton's mind nonetheless, about how his acquisitions were built on the existing competencies of his businesses, and how he allocated his capital efficiently. Not an easy read given the businesses they engage in are pretty technical in nature. Gives a decent insight into the workings of Singleton's mind nonetheless, about how his acquisitions were built on the existing competencies of his businesses, and how he allocated his capital efficiently.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fredric Y. Chung

    An absolutely fascinating look into a company that even Warren Buffett greatly admired.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    While this book is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the Teledyne corporation, it is not a biography of the man who created it, Henry Singleton. The book is primarily concerned with the timeline of the business, looking in some depth at its acquisitions and financials over the years. If this is what you are looking for, then I would recommend reading this book. However, if you are looking to learn more about Henry Singleton, I don't think this is the book for you. Personally, I found the book While this book is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the Teledyne corporation, it is not a biography of the man who created it, Henry Singleton. The book is primarily concerned with the timeline of the business, looking in some depth at its acquisitions and financials over the years. If this is what you are looking for, then I would recommend reading this book. However, if you are looking to learn more about Henry Singleton, I don't think this is the book for you. Personally, I found the book rather dry. It was predominately a description of what happened, there was little (although not none) with respect to why it happened and the story behind it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erik Hessing

    A lot of this book consists of a chronology of the Teledyne business, which was not of particular interest to me. There are some very big gems hidden in these pages, about how to create and operate a business in general.

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