Whatever Richard Burton's failings, he was probably the most learned actor of his time, an avid reader with a passionate love and respect for language. One can only guess what he would have made of this book. It is wincingly full of grammatical errors, clumsy sentences, word repetitions, and countless (sometimes comic) indications of the author's ignorance of both theatre and literature. To give but one example: he doesn't even seem to know the expression 'first edition'; instead, he says that Taylor gave Burton 'an original copy of a book by Goethe' for his birthday. Instead of insight, he offers the reader as many salacious details as possible: with its insistent, wearying focus on sex and money and celebrity, this is a biography that reads like a hundred tabloid articles rolled into one.