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Where do I even start with this review? My overall impression can be summarized in one word: un-befreaking-lievable! Seriously. Crazy Rich is most certainly a fitting title for this biography in more than one way. The lives these people have been living since the start of this dynasty are mind-boggling at the very least. At a whopping almost-five-hundred pages, Crazy Rich is a magnificently in-depth, tell-all read. And still I feel all that is only the tip of the iceberg and merely a glance at t
I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. This is also my first written review, so bare with me.
This book just wasn’t for me. I can understand how some may enjoy this tabloid style book, but it did not do a whole lot for me. I had hoped for there to be a bit more history with the company, charities, and other business aspects of the family, but these areas were only briefly touched upon. For a family with so many issues, they do give quite a bit with their charities. The author does mention thi
I received my free Goodreads First Reads copy of Crazy Rich by Jerry Oppenheimer two days ago and, upon scanning the book jacket and the ‘also by Jerry Oppenheimer’ page, I was thrilled and riveted by the cast of characters he went on about and all of their tabloid, couldn’t-make-this-up antics, and also about the unauthorized biographies he’d written about Martha Stewart, Rock Hudson, and Anna Wintour. With all this in mind, I happily tucked into the introduction about the Johnson family member
Instead, he would go on for about four chapters about the political funding the Johnson family took part in between 2008 and the present, but then he reached back in time quite suddenly during Part 2 to the 1870’s and gradually covered 3-10 years per paragraph until, all of a sudden, it’s 1945 and the story slows down conveniently enough for Oppenheimer to spill the beans about the Johnson family members he knows the most about. Oh, and there’s alot of namedropping – quite a feat for a family of over twenty members. I was very often confused about who was being talked about, especially if they were named for or had the same fatalistic tendencies of their grandfather or great aunt.
All told, Oppenheimer did a poor job of putting human faces on a group of unthinkably rich, but flawed people. Not one family member was completely and candidly described and the years went by too quickly to really get a grasp on the biographic qualities of this story.