I'm always intrigued by women that are successful in business. Martha has to be one of the richest self-made women today. For that I admire her. I was interested in reading this book to find out more about her comeback. Most of the book, however, is focused on her trial. There is just one chapter at the end that talks about her comeback. Then again, maybe it's too soon to know if Martha will really have a strong comeback. However, my gut says she'll do just fine.
The book portrays her story in an interesting way. At first when I was reading I thought the lesson one could take from the book is that one never wins when they're arrogant and generally unkind to people. However, even if she's worked hard to get rid of that image, it's hard to really believe that those tendancies don't run quite deep in her personality and that her work to portray a gentler, kinder image is merely a PR campaign.
Martha truly seems to believe that she didn't do anything wrong. I think she and the other guilty parties conjured up a story in their own minds and they even believed it. I found myself believing the made up story at times....and then I'd have to remind myself that it was all a cover-up. Did she deserve to go to jail? Perhaps not. I think if she weren't quiet as arrogant and egotistical she honestly might not have gone to jail. I'm not even sure that the book is an entirely accurate representation as the author has been criticized for using secondary sources. And truthfully, I found his writing hard to follow because it's quite repetitive and seems to be pumped up with details that don't really matter that much.
However, all that aside, I have to admire a woman that turned a catering business into a billion dollar enterprise. It seems that that is her life...and she's certainly maxed out on the possibilities in the business world!