I never knew much about Gary Crosby. I remember when I was in Junior High and High School, there was a wonderful TV show called "Adam-12" on the air on NBC. I clearly remember seeing Gary Crosby in a number of episodes. My folks had mentioned that Gary and his ultra-famous father Bing didn't get along very well. (Everybody at that time knew who Bing Crosby was, doubt that can be said of the iPOD/texting generation today!) I never really knew more about it than that. Recently, I've been watching all the Adam-12 episodes available on DVD and of course have seen Gary Crosby.
On a whim I came across Gary's book from 1984. I bought it for 4 cents and for $4 more, it was mailed to me.
I find it hard to put the book down. I am a mental health professional and anyone who has been a psychiatrist, counselor, or therapist will immediately recognize this story as that of a highly dysfunctional family struggling with many serious issues including alcoholism--and not primarily a story about a kid who was a "whiner".
I found Gary's self-awareness (by the time of writing the book) to be heartening. I echo what some other reviewers have written here. Gary's love for his dad, as reluctant as it was, still comes through and it seems Gary was aware of it too (despite all the dysfunction.) At times it was painful to read about the stereotyped behavior he developed in order to cope with his fears, pain, and emotions. I agree, also, that it must have been rather therapeutic to review his life and focus on the relationships he had with his parents and siblings (and with others in his life.)
Most of us really have no truck with celebrities or with the wealthy. Perhaps reading Gary Crosby's story wouldn't even be a tiny blip on most people's "interest" radar scope. However, if you want to read one man's experience of a dysfunctional family, and how destructive alcoholism can be to all people touched by it, even the super wealthy and famous, then you might find his story interesting. The next time you see an old episode of "Adam-12" with Gary Crosby in it, give his story some thought. Thanks for taking the time to read my opinion!