Crazy Rich

Crazy Rich

Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty

Book - 2013
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A painstakingly researched, unauthorized family portrait by the best-selling author of Front Row documents the private lives of the Johnson empire, providing coverage of such topics as their high-profile affairs, their struggles with addiction and mental illness and the obsessions of a dynasty ruler who abandoned members of his family in favor of his ideals. 100,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
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.

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An unauthorized family portrait documents the private lives of the Johnson empire, discussing their high-profile affairs, their struggles with addiction and mental illness, and the obsessions of a dynasty ruler who abandoned his family in favor of his ideals.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312662110
0312662114
Branch Call Number: 338.76151 Op5c
Characteristics: xi, 478 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Cedric_F Jul 26, 2017

This interesting page turner about the Robert W. Johnsons of Johnson & Johnson fame is at once incredibly unique and dreadfully sad. It reads like a great biography but tries to capture the views of a wide range of family members.

I give it 4 stars because of two reasons: It is the most popular biography on the Johnsons on the market, and the second reason is thus: The book shows that Jerry Oppenheimer doesn't have to resort solely to a tabloid-like style in order to get his point across a la "House of Hilton"

Tony2k77_0 Apr 15, 2014

The constant jumping back and forth between the story lines of various family members gets confusing,

Agreed, But have to it is interesting story though.

More of tell all book than anything else, don't be looking for miracle cures or business advise.

That family what remains of them must be livid, considering they like their privacy, Altough the book paints them as ultra secretive like they are abnormal but if had a $100 Mil in the bank and say I had another 5 or 10 family members each holding anywhere from $50 to $100 Million I'd want a low profile too, hell I don't have any money in the bank and I maintain a low profile; LOL

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Nov 09, 2013

The constant jumping back and forth between the story lines of various family members gets confusing, especially since many of the men share the same names.

The story itself is of a family ultimately destroyed by excessive wealth and unable to see it or stop it.

Would make for an top notch soap opera but never a 'feel good' movie.

Tragic and sad.

d2013 Sep 15, 2013

A leader in medical, beauty and baby products Johnson & Johnson made a fortune but unfortunately not without trials and tribulations of their own. Sadly, money did not bring happiness to many in this family.

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