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.
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.
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.