174th out of 184 books — 126 voters
As I See It: The Autobiography of J. Paul Getty
While writing his autobiography, Jean Paul Getty - then perhaps the world's richest man - hoped it would be the final verdict on himself, on his many friends and associates, and on his times. Regrettably, it proved to be so: Getty died in 1976 as As I See It was going to press.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 26th 2003 by J. Paul Getty Museum
(first published June 26th 1986)
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I love that Getty acknowledges both his victories and faults quite head on, and refuses to defame or embarrass ex-wives, girlfriends or the pursuits of fans of his fame and fortune. The book holds his dignity and opens up a passage to how he governed himself. He also (with the help of his editor) acknowledges who has helped him along the way. Very great find! Looking forward to reading the follow-up, The Joys of Collecting.
An interesting look into an 83-year-old J. Paul Getty's head. I don't know what more I was expecting from it than what was in it, but it just wasn't my favorite autobiography ever. That's no complaint against it, and anyone interested in learning more about Getty would be well-advised to read it. He certainly has a lot of wisdom and bald-faced opinions expressed in this work.
This is phenomenal reading for anyone interested in current economic-political quandry the world is in right now. He wrote this book in 1975, in a time when the economy was just coming out of a rut. He predicts much of how the government is acting now and discusses it's pitfalls. So far it's been a fascinating read and I'm about 2/3 of the way through.
A good book with a unique perspective of a wealthy businessman who lived throughout the 1900's and all over the world. I think there are some secrets in this book that could help fix our economy today. Maybe the Democrats could read this soon. ..... doubt it though