Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

Gallery. Jul. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9781982120986. $28. BIOG
Reginato’s (Great Houses, Modern Aristocrats) meticulous research and personal interviews create a sweeping portrait of arguably the United States’ greatest industrial dynasty and extracts the untold stories behind the sensational headlines about billionaire oil baron J. Paul Getty. He remains an enigma, remembered for both his achievements (establishing the world’s wealthiest art institution) and unfortunate lows (initially refusing to pay the ransom for his kidnapped grandson in 1973, though he eventually ponied up the $17 million). But Getty is remembered fondly by his many descendants, and he remained cordial with his five ex-wives. Reginato argues that Getty spawned not just a dynasty but a betterment of society, as the current generation of Gettys are aligned with the times and actively fighting the petroleum industry that provided the family’s initial wealth. This narrative captures a sensitive and influential family who, at its heart, values togetherness.
VERDICT A rapturous biography for casual readers. This in-depth analysis of one of the United States’ richest families reveals a behind-the-scenes legacy of love and generosity.
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