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At the centre stands the figure of John Paul Getty, the grandfather, an eccentric oil billionaire believed to have been the richest man in the world. Married and divorced five times, he had five sons, and yet was cheated of his dearest ambition-to found an oil dynasty. His angelic youngest son died at age twelve after years of illness. Of the remaining four sons, three proved to be hopeless businessmen and, one by one, dropped out of Getty Oil. Only one had the talent to take the helm of the family business, and he was groomed for the part. And then he killed himself.
With his cherished hopes of a family dynasty crushed, John Paul built a magnificent museum as a monument for all time to his success. But money tainted even his philanthropy; the Getty Museum has become feared for its wealth and ability to pillage the art market. In the manoeuvring that followed John Paul's death, Getty Oil was sold; Texaco acquired it for $9.9 billion, the biggest corporate takeover in history.
Award-winning journalist and writer Russell Miller has broken the embargo of silence that has surrounded the Gettys to bring us the extraordinary and often disturbing story of a unique American family. From the pioneering days in the Oklahoma oil fields to the bitter struggles over Getty Oil, we follow the rise and fall of three generations-all apparently cursed with the Midas touch.
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By J. C. on 07-10-17
Amazing interesting gripping reading
This audiobook is fantastic. The narration is wonderful. The life of J Paul Getty was strange, like no other. All the details of the family are laid out in heart rending detail. Couldn't stop listening. Didn't want it to end!
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By Amazon Customer on 08-01-16
interesting story; annoying narration
I am an avid audiobook listener and never cease to be incredulous at the choice of narrators. For some imbecilic reason, an English narrator was used for this book about Americans. I found this to be very annoying through out.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful