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Swimming across : a memoir
Grove, Andrew S.
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New York : Warner Books, [2001]

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viii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TK7807.G76 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TK7807.G76 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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Set in the cruel years of Hungary's Nazi occupation and subsequent communist regime, the bestselling "Swimming Across" is the stunning childhood memoir of one of the leading thinkers of our time, legendary Intel chairman, Andrew S. Grove. Photos throughout.

Author Notes

Andrew S. Grove is chairman and former CEO of Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. He is the author of several books on technology and management, including High Output Management (1983), One-on-One With Andy Grove: How to Manage Your Boss, Yourself, and Your Co-Workers (1987) and Only the Paranoid Survive (1996). He has also written a weekly column on management for the San Jose Mercury News.

Born September 2, 1936, in Budapest, Hungary, Grove emigrated to the U.S. in 1957 and became a naturalized citizen in 1962. He studied Chemical Engineering at City College in New York, and earned a Ph.D. in 1963 from University of California, Berkeley. He began working at Fairchild Semiconductor Research Laboratory in San Jose, California in 1963, gradually moving up the ranks to become Assistant Director of Research and Development in 1967. He joined Intel Corporation in 1968 as Vice President and Director of Operations. In 1997, Grove received the Technology Leader of the Year award from Industry Week, and was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine.

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Booklist Review

Grove, who, as one of the cofounders of Intel and CEO for 11 years, was responsible for turning the company into the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer. He is also the author of Only the Paranoid Survive (1996), a well-written collection of illuminating insights into management. Also, Grove was named "Man of the Year" by Time magazine for 1997. None of these things matter, though, in this moving and inspiring memoir, which is really the story of Andras Grof, a young Hungarian boy who barely survived scarlet fever, hid from Nazis in the Budapest basement of a sympathetic Christian family, suffered anti-Semitic taunts as a youth, fled his homeland as Soviet tanks advanced during the Hungarian uprising of 1956, and sailed off alone at the age of 20 to the U.S.--where Grove's narrative ends as he starts school in New York and begins to make his way in a new country. Grove's account of life in Hungary in the 1950s is a vivid picture of a tumultuous period in world history. --David Rouse

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Jesus Christ was killed by the Jews, and because of that, all of the Jews will be thrown into the Danube," says a playmate to four-year-old Andris Grof Grove's original name. Born to a middle-class Jewish family in 1936, Grove, chairman of Intel, grew up in Budapest during his country's most tempestuous era. Despite avoiding deportation and death, Grove's family lived in fear during Nazi occupation and lost some rights and property. Afterwards, they lived under Soviet control. Curiously, Grove's memoir charts the routinized mundanities of his teen years seeing his teacher at the opera, being afraid to meet young women at the local public pool, the success of a short story he wrote more than life in war-torn Europe. But his discussion of contemporary politics is astute and personal "I had mixed feelings about the Communists... they had saved my mother's life and my own.... On the other hand... they increasingly interfered with our daily life." Never didactic, he remains focused on his own intellectual growth. Grove continued his education in New York after the 1956 revolution failed. The intelligence, dedication and ingenuity that earned him fame and fortune (he was Time's Man of the Year in 1997) are evident early on. He deftly balances humor e.g., subversive anti-Communist jokes from Hungary with insight into overcoming endless obstacles (from hostile foreign invasions to New York's City University system). Though lacking in drama, Grove's story stands smartly amid inspirational literature by self-made Americans. B&w photos. (Nov. 12) Forecast: Warner's fanfare pre-pub bookseller luncheons, Jewish Book Fair appearances, publication events in New York and San Francisco and concerted media campaigns will bring this book to readers' attention despite it not being the sort of business-oriented book most would expect from Grove. Its unexpected subject matter will mean that, despite the Grove name, it won't come near to matching Welch-size sales, but still, it should thrive. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From a near-fatal bout with scarlet fever as a child to Nazi power and the horrors of anti-Semitism to flight from the Communists Intel chair Grove has not had an easy life. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
1 My Third Birthdayp. 5
2 Scarlet Feverp. 13
3 The War Arrivesp. 23
4 Life Gets Strangep. 35
5 Christmas in Kobanyap. 51
6 After the Warp. 65
7 Gymnasiump. 91
8 Dob Street Schoolp. 111
9 Madach Gymnasiump. 133
10 Fourth Yearp. 165
11 University--First Yearp. 189
12 Revolutionp. 211
13 Crossing the Borderp. 225
14 Aboard Shipp. 247
15 New York Cityp. 259
Epiloguep. 287