"Deep in my heart, I know there’s no promise I’ll be free from trouble in this life. In fact, I’m usually either getting out of trouble, currently in trouble, or about to meet trouble around the next corner."...... I hope you'll stick around for my "Lucille Ball/Gracie Allen" adventures. It promises to be a wild ride.
Crazy Rich (The inside scoop on one of America's rich and powerful families) by Jerry Oppenheimer
Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty
“A breathless tell-all . . . Oppenheimer trains his gaze on the Johnsons, the cursed Kennedies of pharmaceuticals—a family who, with every generation, find themselves at the center of celebrity and political scandal. . . . The book is an impressive example of journalistic synthesis, bringing together bits of tabloid journalism not usually connected (playing celebrity connect-the-dots is half the book's fun) around a strong narrative core [about] a family whose money can buy influence and power, but comes with costly personal consequences.” —Publishers Weekly
"A prolific biographer of the rich and infamous, Oppenheimer digs into five generations of the Johnson family . . . detailing their mind-boggling personal wealth. . . . A fast-paced chronicle of births, courtings, marriages, divorces, estrangements, bitter lawsuits, drug and alcohol abuses, crimes, memorable deaths and other unpleasantness. . . . A character-driven saga suggesting that the spoiled rich are their own worst enemies." —Kirkus Reviews
“A wicked debunking of Stewart’s carefully crafted persona.” —People on Just Desserts“After reading House of Hilton, you'll wonder why anyone wouldn't beg to be dropped from the speed dial of a family that makes the Osbournes look like the Brady Bunch.”
—The New York Times
I have been sitting here pondering my review of CRAZY RICH since I closed the book. I have read many memoirs, but this is my first biography (for review) and it has me pondering how to review the book and the writing, and not pass judgment on the Johnson & Johnson family, because truthfully, I would like to do both. But, since it is not my place to judge people, my review will be of the author's writing.
CRAZY RICH is a excellent read. It is well written, and certainly well researched, including quotes from actual family members on its pages; and it contains way more (information) than the average person would ever want to know about the infamous Johnson family; from the start of the Johnson empire to the latest media frenzy over the crazy stunts this family has managed to embroil themselves in.
Along with stating how well written CRAZY RICH is, I feel I would be re-miss if I didn't say that the average person will no doubt need a dictionary (if they are not reading on a device that has definitions readily available) due to the author's extensive vocabulary. You won't find me complaining how the author used a "very large" word when he could have used a word the average reader might have had a better chance at knowing the definition of (because I love words), but I think most readers will be heading for dictionary more than once, which is distracting for the reader.
I liked that the author listed and gave a brief description of the leading characters in the Johnson family. As I was not familiar with the extensive Johnson family, I found it advantageous to familiarize myself with the chronological order before beginning my journey with the rich and famous Johnsons. It was evident by the writing and quotes in the book that the author, Jerry Oppenheimer, knew some of his subjects and had an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the personal and professional lives of the Johnson family.
If you enjoy biographies, you will enjoy Jerry Oppenheimer's CRAZY RICH. I am giving the book five stars. It was well written and it was informative. The author wrote an excellent account of the Johnson family, giving the reader an in-dept look at one of America's richest families.
On a personal note, and this will only appear on my blog:
Okay. It is killing me not say something, so I will make one statement (please excuse the uncensored honesty here.) After reading this book, I have to come to the conclusion that the Johnson's are one crazy-ass family who could definitely use more than a few "common" folk in their lives to give them a reality check, because they truly have no idea what real life is like.