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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250010933
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 353,698
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

JERRY OPPENHEIMER is the bestselling author of unauthorized biographies of public figures including Hillary and Bill Clinton, Anna Wintour, Rock Hudson, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, Ethel Kennedy, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Hilton family. In addition to being a biographer he has also worked in several different capacities as a journalist, including as an investigative reporter and a producer of television news programs and documentaries.


JERRY OPPENHEIMER is the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson&Johnson Dynasty, as well as unauthorized biographies of Hillary and Bill Clinton, Anna Wintour, Rock Hudson, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, Ethel Kennedy, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Hilton family. He has also worked in several different capacities as a journalist, including as an investigative reporter and a producer of television news programs and documentaries.

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Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Oppenheimer has done his research well. Crazy Rich is a vivid portrait of the successes and scandals of the Johnson & Johnson family. It was very well done and an excellent read.
Brenda_Fulbright More than 1 year ago
This is, without a doubt, an incredible story. I never knew there was so much turmoil and scandal in behind the scenes of the famous Johnson family. The book is riveting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is interesting but it is hard to get past the fact checking errors. In the first few chapters the author incorrectly states Michael Kennedy dying in 1987 vs 1997. This oversight made the author loose credibility in my mind. Later, he states something as happening four decades ago but the time difference is 1976 vs 2000.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the subject matter was very interesting and was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, by page 22 it was obvious that Oppenheimer has an ax to grind with republicans, rich people, Woody Johnson, University of Arizona, Mitt Romney etc. WONDER WHO HE VOTED FOR? As another review put it, supermarket tabloid journalism. The fact that I made it through this one sided crap obviously says that I am a glutton for punishment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although much of the events and people in this book was riveting, it was disturbing how some of the Johnsons were trashed. The author gave a more favorable assessment of those who cooperated with him . I found this disturbing and unethical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tale of the entitled rich was hard to put down - partly because there were so many subjects, characters, generations, etc. that i had to go back and reread everytime I picked it up again.  It was extremely difficult to follow - going from past to present; back to past with so many names, and events to keep straight.  I enjoyed it very much though and would highly recommend reading it - IF you are one who likes biographical reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you realize being rich can have as many drawbacks as being poor. Oppenheimer repeats a lot of information to keep you up with who is who.
Genapa More than 1 year ago
Not very well written. The family is too large and too confusing to follow with all the divorces. He skipped around too much.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Where do I even start with this review? My overall impression can be summarized in one word: un-befreaking-lievable! Seriously. Crazy Rich is most certainly a fitting title for this biography in more than one way. The lives these people have been living since the start of this dynasty are mind-boggling at the very least. At a whopping almost-five-hundred pages, Crazy Rich is a magnificently in-depth, tell-all read. And still I feel all that is only the tip of the iceberg and merely a glance at the lives of the Johnson heirs. While reading, I time and again asked myself: whose reality is this? It’s like reading a fairy tale gone wrong. You have the riches, the power, the influence and all the glory which makes it a fairytale read, but then you also have the scandals, drugs, narcissism and people who are definitely not in touch with what I perceive as reality. Yet, I very much enjoyed this read. I, like almost everyone else, know the Johnson & Johnson products, but I’ve never heard of any of these people before. Oppenheimer did a stellar job with this book and clearly put a lot of effort into compiling a book which, in my humble opinion, gives an unbiased view of this dynasty. If you go into it looking for scandals, drama or anything painting them in a negative light, you will surely find it. If, like me, you don’t care either way what these people did or do with their lives and their millions, and only read it because you’re curious about how this world famous product line started, you’ll find that and so much more. What I love about Crazy Rich is that everyone will have a different opinion about this book once they’ve finished it, and it makes for a coffee table must-have that would be a central point in starting topics of discussion which could ultimately lead to various debates and opinions. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was nothing more than a series of news events with little context or theme. Though the author seem to have spent significant time researching, building a common theme or supporting the title was lost in the redundant listing, but not writing of historical events in a disfuntional family, something that could likely be found in many multi generation families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be incredibly hard to read.  His writing was horrible. Long sentences, often using the dash. References to people who were not on the family tree page making it difficult to figure out where they fit in.  The sequence was off so it was hard to follow.  The subject matter is appealing but I don't think this guy is a good writer at all.  Don't waste your time or money on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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efm More than 1 year ago
Amazing yet true story of the J&J generations and wasted lives and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was wierd
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of the family and the detailed descriptions makes this book worth reading. Facinating to understand and see what people do that gets enough money to never have to work in their whole life if they don't wan to. Sometimes it works out fairly well and you own New York Jets and sometimes it does not work so well. The book was a little slow and sloppy written in some sections but the content still makes it well worth the time to read it.
Vivi45 More than 1 year ago
NOT well written and a lot of embellished gossip. This unauthorized biography started out interesting and turned into nothing but a tabloid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was like reading one of the magazines near the grocery check out. The author found a lot of interesting bits about this very rich family. The author also tries to undermine their politics by linking the family's flaws with political donations. I enjoyed reading the gossip but the author's own agenda was "way" too obvious. You'll enjoy the gossip and get a good laugh at the author's one track bias because it is so funny that he can only see or write from his own prejudices. A really great book about a weathy family is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. This novel is based on true events and is excellent. That book deserves "ten" stars.
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CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
From a business perspective the Johnson company has a place in history. Known at the beginning for certain dubious tactics, which led to the initial rise of the brand name. Their influence on products and the marketing of these products is worth knowing from an historical point of view. The importance of their various products and the way they shaped their brand, the packaging and marketing in their early business era is quite memorable. Even now most households will have items made by the Johnson company in their possession. Secondary to the business structure is the family,which was the emphasis of this book. A large complicated web of family connections, scandals and secrets hidden away from the public eye. Most families will have their share of scandals and secrets, with the rich and famous they tend to get more press coverage and often the scandals are excessive due to their wealth.The rich are better at keeping certain things out of the public eye and I can imagine the Johnson emporium was not happy about the revelations in regards to child abuse and molestation. At times I felt the information was superfluous to the Johnson family history. There was no need to mention Oprah Winfrey's weight battles, Schwarzenegger's affair with the maid or even Catherine Zeta Jones and her bi-polar issues. All that just seemed like excessive gossip. The Johnson family doesn't need the scandals of others to be infamous they do quite well on their own. The story was more a compilation of facts, names, places and who married which person when and how often. It was less story and a lot of data. With the amount of data at hand it might have been better to concentrate on one branch of the family. Instead a lot of the facts are out of sequence and confusing at times due to sheer number of things packed into it. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
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