My guess is that Hurd won't be writing a personal memoir any time soon, and if he ever does it will be indescribably boring. On the plus side, Hurd's HP is regarded today as perhaps the nation's premier computer maker and a contender in the growing market for IT services. On his watch, its shares have more than doubled in price, handily outstripping the Nasdaq and S&P.
Fiorina contends that Hurd could not have succeeded had she not laid the groundwork. I leave it to you fair-minded readers to decide whether that's so.
There's no denying that Fiorina's HP board was a dysfunctional gang of egotists, but Hurd initially had to deal with the same people and survived, even navigating his way through a scandal involving the directors' investigation of boardroom leaks. She couldn't handle the board, and he did.
So what does all this tell us? From a financial or strategic standpoint, Fiorina's tenure at HP isn't well-regarded, except by herself. It didn't feature many new ideas, and when conditions demanded political agility, as in her relations with the board, she didn't have it.