I actually really enjoyed this book. It gave genuine insight into the personal side of Packer's life. It is very open. I hope in opening up Packer found some peace within himself as he has certainly had his own personal struggles (as this book highlights). The book is written very well in my opinion. My one gripe about this book is the tone that Packer uses when he talks about both himself and his friends. He always feels he himself is inadequate and almost never complements himself or acknowledges when he has done something well - very self critical. On the other hand, he never-ever criticises anyone else - he either talks about someone glowingly or neutrally. Even when people have wronged him he talks about them neutrally and ends up laying the blame on himself (in most cases). This is maybe an insight into his mentality or Packer being politically correct, but if you take this into account this is definitely an exposing and entertaining read.
This is a gripping book for Packer watchers. Incredibly detailed it takes you right inside the life of James Packer in recent years. It picks up where others books from the past have left off, mostly focusing on recent event so for those who have read the other books on the family it is not redundant and doesn't rake over much old ground like family origins or Kerry's life. This is Jame's recent story. It also has the co-operation of the subject, marking it out from other books. However this isn't a big deal, other books on the Packers have been so detailed that a lack of Packer co operation hasn't often seemed a problem, it has always seemed people around the Packers are happy to talk and talk providing much detail for books on the family. This is a must read for Packer fans. For non Packer fans they may prefer a more straightforward biography or to start with a previous books as this is best read with some background knowledge of the Packer family and Kerry. To know James is to start with Kerry and the family in general. Overall one comes away from this book wondering why James put himself out there so much. Good for those who are interested to get so much info but curious as to why you would open up so much. Most billionaires would not let people have this kind of access. But if you read the book James admits to strange decision making at times. Ironically maybe this book is itself proof of that strange decision making. The author has done a good job but I take issue with the ending which basically talks about how James shouldn't see life in Australia as so hard and he has many allies here. I disagree, the book is flawed in disputing the obvious truth that James is subject to relentless scrutiny in Australia that even someone with solid mental health would find tough at times. Erica Packer is the smartest person in the book to have moved her family to LA. Australia is great but too small a place to live when you are observed that much. For all his flawed decisions James is far from paranoid in saying life here is difficult for him and it is frustrating to read people deny his feelings to him when it is evidently true he's a big fish here with too much scrutiny. A great read yet curious it exists with such co operation. Good luck to him.