Top critical review
Self-justifying lying, cheating and more.
November 3, 2018
While the authors work ethic (up to 300 phone calls per day and 5 personal assistants), dedication and perseverance are remarkable (the story of getting IM Pi to design his office building, for example), many other parts of the book coming off as the author trying to justify bad or immoral behaviour.
Starting off with the first chapter, where he tries to justify not calling out clients who were involved in sexual harassment, to outright lies to studio execs ("They were never lies to me. They were tools I needed to use to get stuff done".
In one chapter he writes about wanting to stay under the radar, in the next one he's filling pages with bookstall stories about being a kingmaker - from turning Magic Johnson into an investor extraordinaire (and never taking a commission for it) to turning his ski instructor into one of the biggest TV producers around.
One of the most disgusting aspects of his behaviour revolves around Bernie Brillstein whose "sin" was taking another job without telling Ovitz. The author shows zero remorse for sidelining someone's career over such a petty grievance.
The books content is jumpy, with no unifying themes in each chapter... just random story after random story.