The authors do a thorough job of presenting the life of a fallen Hollywood idol. Young Mickey Rooney spent three years as the world's top box-office draw, but died nearly penniless in his mid-90s. What went wrong? What was wrong? The authors point to his parents' turbulent marriage and the consequent lack of parental guidance for their son. Then, his work in show business from almost the beginning of his life promoted a total lack of stability, along with exposure to unsavory people of both sexes. Result: a person with no impulse control, no moral compass, and no one who would say "no" to him so long as he made huge profits for MGM and paid all expenses for a sleazy entourage.
Nostalgic if sad reading for anyone with an interest in the days when Hollywood and MGM set the tone for movie fans' lives, and a great cautionary tale: being an ordinary working person isn't so bad, after all