Sunday, August 25, 2013

Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty by Jerry Oppenheimer Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"From the founders of the international health-care behemoth Johnson & Johnson in the late 1800s to the contemporary Johnsons of today, such as billionaire New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV, all is revealed in this scrupulously researched, unauthorized biography by New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer. Often compared to the Kennedy clan because of the tragedies and scandals that had befallen both wealthy and powerful families, Crazy Rich, based on scores of exclusive, candid, on-the-record interviews, reveals how the  dynasty's vast fortune was both intoxicating and toxic through the generations of a family that gave the world Band-Aids and Baby Oil. At the same time, they've been termed perhaps the most dysfunctional family in the fortune 500. Oppenheimer is the author of biographies of the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Hiltons and Martha Stewart, among other American icons."

Okay. The Johnson & Johnson family is crazy! Remember the advertisements that always says, "Johnson & Johnson: A family company."  Yeah, I don't think so. (Then again, they may be referring to the family of companies owned by the Johnson & Johnson Company, not the Johnson family.) This book, Crazy Rich: Some long subname, depicts the Johnson & Johnson family as a typical rich family lusting after women, men, and cold, hard cash. (Basically like the disrespectful, scornful, and lazy family that stars in The Ultimate Gift, excluding the grandfather. The grandfather is a good man that converts his grandson to the good morals of life.) 

To be truthful, I don't really care about the Johnson family. Or the Kennedy. Or the Hiltons. Whatever. I find this book interesting, for about the first quarter or third of Crazy Rich. Then it gets really nasty and boring. Divorce, divorce, divorce, divorce, divorce. That's what happen within the first ten or so chapters. And what happened throughout the entire book, with many more divorces. I can't help but roll my eyes out with every divorce this book mentions. Really? Oh, look someone got divorce again. For the freaking third time. I'm getting sick of this, there's like a divorce happening on every page. Okay, I might be exaggerating, but I know there's a divorce or marriage mentioned with every chapter. 

If this author ever rewrites this book, he should not just add a family tree, but also a huge list of the Johnsons and who they married. I can't keep track of them without the classic pen and paper. There's too many divorces and deaths and marriages and scandals and even more divorces. 

With every page, Crazy Rich tells the mysterious ways, strange scandals, and terrible tragedy that happened to the Johnson family. The voice that narrates Crazy Rich always keeps the same biographic tone. 

The synopsis, I have to say this, is so...Okay, I'll just get to the point. "Dysfunctional Family"? Yeah, I think that's a huge understatement. I don't think the Kennedys are this crazy. Are they? Who knows if they have a closet of skeletons bigger than the Johnsons.? 

Rating: Three out of Five

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