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The Salad Oil King: An American Tale of Greed Gone Mad Kindle Edition
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Still, Crisci spins an interesting yarn about a man who learned to manipulate the system to suit himself, and what will make it even more appealing to history buffs is that it is based on true events. Unfortunately, I didn’t like history in school and am still not that fond of it, so I found the historical passages interspersed throughout the story to be distracting. I would have preferred to have them worked into the story in conversation or some other creative way. However, the facts that I didn’t particularly like the characters and would have preferred fewer history lessons don’t mean I can’t recommend the book. In spite of a few negative reactions, The Salad Oil King kept me turning pages, and it will probably do the same for you.
It kind of reminded me of "Catch Me If You Can" right from the start with the different cons, but this book was a lot more about Fonso building a business empire than in forging checks.
I don't know a lot about all of the details involving the contracts and all of that, but it sure seems like the author does. Still, I was kept interested in the story by the author's mix of both the technical side of all of Fonso's growing business dealings and the the humanizing anecdotes of the different personal relationships through the book. As interesting as it is to read about how such a grand scheme like building his Industrial Grain empire could have come about, it was just as interesting to read about how Ricco found love or how excited Donna was to visit Switzerland the first time.
There were two things that bugged me about the book, though. First, it could use some proofreading. There were quite a few instances where it seemed like sentences had been reworked without taking out unneeded additional words or introductory phrases were repeated at the end of the same sentence. Also, there were a few times where quotations weren't where they needed to be, so sometimes the dialogue wasn't properly bookended with quotation marks.
Overall, though, this was a compelling read. Makes me wonder just exactly how much of the story actually was true. I think it's the mark of a good book which is based on fact for the reader afterwards to want to read more about the subject matter. I enjoyed the book a lot.