Book Review: Ted Rogers, ‘Relentless’

Rogers Communications Inc. is, simply put, one of the most successful multi-media companies in Canadian history. Their holdings include wireless phone services, cable TV services, more than 100 radio stations and magazines, as well two television networks and the Toronto Blue Jays. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Rogers Communications has established itself as one of the top brands in Canadian business. And there is one man to thank for that.

Ted Rogers built his company with a singular vision few could match, buying his first radio station while still educating himself. Naturally, he discusses his successes in great detail but he almost seems to enjoy analyzing his failures more. He is both frank and earnest in his descriptions of his life, something lacking in most self-aggrandizing business autobiographies.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, Ted Rogers died on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. While personal opinions on the man himself and his effect on Canada vary greatly, no one can deny that he had a huge effect on the lives of millions of Canadians. Relentless serves as a fitting epitaph for a man like Ted Rogers.

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