Friday, October 11, 2013
Review: Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty
Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty by Jerry Oppenheimer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty by Jerry Oppenheimer is an interesting look into one of the few multi-billion dollar American families who made their fortune over the span of generations. The book focuses on many of the key players in the Johnson & Johnson dynasty, from its founder down the family tree to the modern-day trust fund babies growing up in the shadow of the family's scandalous past.
While this book does touch based to the origins of the company and those who established the Johnson name in New Jersey and American households everywhere, it seems that a good majority of the book is about Robert "Woody" Johnson IV and his siblings. Though interesting to read about, I would have preferred to sink my teeth into more of the historical figures of the dynasty.
However, all of the trials, tribulations and scandalous details included in this book about many of the Johnson family heirs are like so many tales of poor little rich children, stranger than fiction and something that could only happen to a person who has never once worried about where their next paycheck is coming from. It is quite an interesting read, and serves to tell the tale of the negative sides of wealth, from drugs to accidents and gold digging spouses.
*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads
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