As I see it.by Wojciech Adam Koszek ⋅ Sep 10, 2013 ⋅ Menlo Park, CA
Another really great biography. Can't recommend highly enough.
After great “How to be rich” I decided to immediately order the 2nd book by the oil magnate.
Couple of first chapters were interesting as they showed the life of the man that had it all. He explains his personal life starting from childhood through school, ending on his failures in 5 marriages.
Then he explains state of his business and the way people view and see him. Mentioned is the fact that, just like in Sam Walton’s case, “the richest man” ranking has put him in a lot of trouble..
After first chapters there’s large part of the book that explain Getty’s personal view of various random matters, and is interleaved with lots of personal stories..
Personal stories start to be quite tiring, since Getty mentions them all over the book. At some point is started to feel he starts to show off with the number and “quality” of people who he knew.
But the true is that the book shows from the 1st person perspective how tiresome owning a great business can be, and what the personal implications are.
I’d say I’d be happier now reading this book, so if you want to read something much better, I recommend “How to be rich” much more.