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  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; 1st Ed.(U.S.) edition (1 Mar. 1986)
  • ISBN-10: 5551487326
  • ISBN-13: 978-5551487326
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,678,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell Miller is an award-winning journalist, scriptwriter and author based in the United Kingdom. The movie "Lorenzo's Oil", starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, was based on a feature he wrote for the Sunday Times Magazine. His first book, "Bunny, The Real Story of Playboy", was voted the best non-fiction book of the year and his biography of L.Ron Hubbard, exposing the lies promoted by the Church of Scientology about its founder, was the subject of ferocious litigation around the world and was eventually withdrawn from publication in the United States. Russell is currently working on a biography of Field Marshal Slim, the hero of the Burma campaign in the Second World War.

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Elegant and immensely readable. -- Robert Lacey The Times

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Russell Miller is a prize-winning journalist and the author of eleven previous books. He was born in east London in 1938 and began his career in journalism at the age of sixteen. While under contract to the Sunday Times Magazine he won four press awards and was voted Writer of the Year by the Society of British Magazine Editors. His book Magnum, on the legendary photo agency, was described by John Simpson as 'the best book on photo-journalism I have ever read', and his oral histories of D-Day, Nothing Less than Victory, and SOE, behind the lines were widely acclaimed, both in Britain and in the United States.

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By R. P. Sedgwick VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Russell Miller superbly tells the story of the Gettys, mainly from the perspective of Jean Paul Getty, and centres on the growth of his and his father's business empire from humble beginnings.
Money certainly didn't bring happiness to any of the family, and Jean Paul's bizarre life in particular was devoted to the relentless acquisition of wealth. As this frequently conflicted with family life, it was no surprise to find he was married five times (and had many mistresses), hardly knew any of his children or grandchildren, and spent the last quarter of his life not even living in his own home!
It has to be said that very few, if any, of the Getty family come out of the book as particularly likeable characters - probably because they were not! Drug and alcohol addiction, suicide and dropping out of life all feature within the pages.
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Format: Paperback
Russell Miller's The House of Getty is the story of one of the world's most prominent families, charting their struggles and their triumphs in both the private and public spheres. Miller's account of the family's business issues and their related personal problems is fascinating. A great read.
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By bookworm on 10 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Second time i've read this book. Fasinating and exciting throughout. This is a well researched and balenced account of the Getty family history. I read it in two days, couldnt put it down. Buy it!!! simple as that.
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Better than Fiction! The bizarre life of a 20th Century Icon 5 Feb. 2009
By Mark Werling - Published on
I am surprised no filmmaker has come across this book and paging through it hasn't thought, "HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE" as of yet. The life of Jean-Paul Getty, the oil tycoon, and household-name billionaire of America's 40's-mid-60's, is so full of intrigue, fortune, tragedy, and comedy, as well as the fact that he being the FIRST major player OIL tycoon of the 20th century, and how timely a subject wouldn't this be today? The scene we've often seen in movies where there's the swimming pool with guests all about, and "Splash" the host falls in the pool? Began as a news story (early 40's? maybe, where JeanPaul Getty was tipped into his pool at a famous party. The scene in the movies where we have desert sands, and a big Pink Cadillac convertable, riders donned with rifles and shotguns, racing about shooting game? A true story of JeanPaul Getty entertaining Saudi Arabians in his first negotiations with them for drilling oil in their lands. Getty was the first American to deal with the Arabs for their oil in the new booming auto industry Henry Ford had initiated. How timely is a story like this? None of Getty's four children inherited his fortunes. His favorite, the eldest, died young. The second oldest became a musician, and was found once waiting on a cab, singing an opera score, only to be reminded his car was just around the corner. 3rd youngest was a hippy who hanged out with the Rolling Stones and used drugs. Lived in a castle in Italy. Then, was kidnapped, and Getty refused to pay the ransom. They cut of his ear and mailed it to Getty, ... he STILL refused to pay it! I forget the rest of the details but he was released, and spent the rest of his days in Sunny California hanging out with artists, hippies and rockers, as a parapalegic, a condition he brought on himself. So nonetheless, all of Getty's money went to his museum in Los ANgeles, still standing, and still today, the art world at auction time has to deal with "the Getty Factor" because Jean Paul Getty was a reknown collector of great art, and had the money to bid on it.WHY OH WHY hasn't Hollywood picked up on THIS GREAT BIOGRAPHY and made a BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE OUT OF THIS?? Beats me.
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