Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortune and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John PearsonAdmit it, we are all drawn to stories about the wealthy and their experiences with how they are affected by having too much moola. In reading this book, I thought about the story of King Midas and how he wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. Of course, if the food you touch turns to gold, you cant eat.
J. Paul Getty touched too much food with his hands of gold.
The book does a good job of explaining the Getty fortune and who was affected by it. This was really a family in turmoil, especially Monsieur Miser. The author also looks at the grandson who was kidnapped and had his ear cut off when the Miser didnt want to pay the ransom.
Still, Mr. Getty gave us the magnificent Getty Villa in Malibu and the fantastic Getty Museum in Brentwood. Thank you for that. Plus, I can remember seeing Gordon Getty using public transportation in San Francisco and just enjoying life. So not everyone gets affected the wrong way with having too much gold, but beware the tides of Midas.
Book Season = Summer (cry me a river)
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Paul Getty, was a naturalized British American petrol-industrialist,  and the patriarch of the Getty family. - It has all the elements of a taut psychological thriller: A wealthy family, a wayward son, and a frightening, gruesome crime.
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