Author Topic: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts  (Read 13104 times)

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2015, 05:56:13 PM »
I ended up buying the book for Christmas. It is hard to judge whether it was worth the price, but an interesting book and I enjoyed it. On the CD, there are a bunch of scientific articles but nothing much of interest to someone wanting to learn about the investing philosophies of Singleton. However, throughout the book Roberts references shareholder letters from Teledyne Corp. I haven't been able to locate any of these letters.. does anyone have them or know where I might find them? Thank you,

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2015, 08:29:06 PM »
I've never seen the early TDY shareholder letters, but here's an interesting collection of TDY and Singleton-related material.

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2015, 11:14:56 PM »
Am I seeing these used prices on amazon correctly?  I can't believe I threw my copy of this away a few years ago :(
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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2015, 07:49:20 AM »
I don't like this book. The author is a scientist, and writes like it.

It's dull and full of odd scientific anecdotes, detailing every little thing certain subsidiaries did, without explaining in much detail the financial jiu-jitsu Teledyne is famous for.

It covers it, yeah, but in my view not much more than you'd get from reading any competent article on the company. I didn't get the impression that the author's intention was to cover this aspect well, so that may account for it. It certainly didn't seem like it, in any case.

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2015, 08:06:36 AM »
Yeah I agree it wasn't any good, don't even think I finished it.
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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2015, 08:26:04 AM »
I don't like this book. The author is a scientist, and writes like it.

It's dull and full of odd scientific anecdotes, detailing every little thing certain subsidiaries did, without explaining in much detail the financial jiu-jitsu Teledyne is famous for.

It covers it, yeah, but in my view not much more than you'd get from reading any competent article on the company. I didn't get the impression that the author's intention was to cover this aspect well, so that may account for it. It certainly didn't seem like it, in any case.

Yeah, it's a bad book about an interesting topic, which is a very frustrating thing.

The Forbes article on Singleton is a good starting point, and the Manual of Ideas 2-hour podcast on Singleton covers pretty much everything that is interesting in Distant Force:

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/315877-the-manual-of-ideas/30189-the-manual-of-ideas-on-business-leader-henry-singleton-founder-of-teledyne-audio

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2015, 08:39:18 AM »
this article in seeking alpha also review the book and covers the investing related topic well.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1939691-book-review-distant-force-a-memoir-of-the-teledyne-corporation-and-the-man-who-created-it
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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2015, 04:31:56 PM »
Another one that might interest the Singleton fans: Leon Cooperman giving a presentation on him.

http://videos.nyssa.org/a-case-study-in-financial-brilliance-dr-henry-e-singleton-of-teledyne-inc

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #18 on: February 09, 2015, 07:45:08 AM »
There's a series of articles on Singleton here:

http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/02/henry-singleton-strategies/

Earlier parts are linked at the top.

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Re: Distant Force (Henry Singleton) - George A. Roberts
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2020, 01:54:11 PM »
All,

Thank you for this thread on the book Distant Force.  I was going to get it, but instead I am going to read the articles and related content.

The general consensus was that the book was a dull read on a very interesting topic.  The book is a little expensive and out of print to boot.

The articles, studies and links give me more than enough to satisfy my appetite.

Henry Singleton is really unique and special!
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