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Dembling and Guitierrez have uncovered some very unflattering aspects of the famous Dr. Phil McGraw's life and personal history.
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In their unauthorized biography of Dr. Phil, they chronicle the rise of this superstar self-help guru. Along the way they recount the failed business ventures, poor business management practices, his failed first marriage due in large part to his neglect and mistreatment, his doctorate degree from an unimpressive academic institution, his partnership in Pathways where he bullies an unfair 3 way split, his straying from the business at hand and eventual sale of his portion without consent or knowledge of the other founding partner, right up to his less than charming treatment of the "little people" who help create his popluar television show.

Very little of Dr. Phil's personal history is flattering or even justifiable even in the most extreme of circumstances. The authors have amassed a large body of evidence that would imply much of what you see with the good doctor is not what you get.

The review of this Book prepared by David Fletcher

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   psychiatrist/advice giver Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   psychiatrist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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