I bought this book because I became interested in Dean Martin and wanted to learn more about him. His public persona was of someone effortlessly charming and affable who you just couldn't help but love! At the beginning of the book, his daughter Deana tells us that she would often get asked by various fans whether he was a good father to which she would reply "NO, but he was a good man". I was amazed by this! As I read the whole book it became quite clear that he was a VERY GOOD father, not just a very good man but someone who cared deeply for each of his 7 children and provided for them all! Here was someone at the height of his fame yet still made it a point to be home for his kids every evening to sit at the table and make every day fun for them. Is this not a family man?! There are many other wonderful stories in the book about Dean Martin, who comes across as a tremendously warm, funny, kind human being which really made me love him all the more! I'm afraid, Deana did NOT come across so well. I got the strong impression that she would have liked to have been the only child in the family, with her father never leaving her side. There was so much resentment in her words, that at times I found it hard to read as she mixed the positives with a constant dig, "if only he'd spend more time with me" which came across as whiney and bitter! When she did have his full attention, it was to get a flash car from him or act all brattish. Yet he was always loving and kind and never raised his voice to anyone. Instead of feeling grateful to her wonderful father who provided riches beyond their wildest dreams, she constantly whinges throughout the book. No wonder he wanted to get away at times! And as for the way she treated her poor first mother! Yet she felt no shame!! Incredible!