Instaread summary Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder Inside the Minds of History’s Greatest Personalities, by Claudia Kalb
Four out of five stars
The book being summarized contains very little that is new and the title is a bit grandiose. It contains short biographies of 12 people, not all of which are worthy of being described as “History’s Greatest Personalities.” If you are going to include all of history, nearly all of the people being described hardly rise to the level of “greatest personalities.”
The twelve people are: Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hughes, Andy Warhol, Diana, Princess of Wales, Abraham Lincoln, Christine Jorgensen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Betty Ford, Charles Darwin, George Gershwin, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Albert Einstein. With the exception of Lincoln and Einstein, these people hardly rank as among the greatest of history.
The key takeaways focus on the problems each of these people MAY have had. For example, key takeaway 1 is
“Marilyn Monroe may have suffered from a borderline personality disorder that robbed her of her sense of self and contributed to her sadness and desperation.”
This is hardly a statement of strength, it reinforces the speculative nature of the content. Furthermore, far stronger and more definitive descriptions of Monroe have been written. This situation continues through the other key takeaways, far more definitive material has been written about these people than appears in the book and this summary.
That aside, the summary does give the reader enough information to reach a conclusion as to whether they want to read the book. If you are content with reading about the supposed psychological problems of famous people and have no need for depth, then this book will interest you. For all others, it is most likely far too shallow.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.