This is a good book--very interesting to hear many of the behind-the-scenes stories about the life of Sonny and Cher. It is completely told from Sonny's viewpoint, therefore we're getting his ego-centric versions of events, but if even part of what he writes about Cher is true then she is really screwed up. I found I could relate to him as a guy trying to do everything he could for his distant wife while she showed no appreciation, passively wanted more fame, and eventually dumped him by claiming he kept her as a slave. Cher is a despicable, insecure person who only seemed interested in herself, killing her relationship with Sonny. If ever you needed to see why their child born Chastity turned out the way she/he did, you'll find it in these pages--dad Sonny was loving but was kept from his daughter by "in name only" mother Cher, who was psycho, self-absorbed, insecure, and had nothing to do with Chastity.
The book speeds by and there are many things about Sonny's early years that we didn't know. The one major problem with the book is that Bono doesn't take the time to flesh out stories and instead they come across as a type of confessional version of his sins. He mentions them but doesn't give any specifics. So he admits to cheating on his wives and sleeping with all sorts of women but we never hear specifics. He alludes to having friends in the Mafia but only mentions it once. He even tosses bombs at Cher without substantive support, such as implying that she was either bisexual or lesbian and was a wet fish in bed with him. As a Republican politician he seems to be trying to throw down on paper everything hiding in his closet before opponents reveal things--saying that he learned from his past mistakes. It's hard to hear a guy talk about dozens of affairs over a couple decades, cheating on multiple wives and ignoring his children, then expecting people to just accept him because he says he learned his lesson. The oddest is the fact that he fathered a son with a woman and after mentioning it once the boy is never mentioned again.
He also doesn't seem to be able to see the negative impact of his own ego. He certainly admits his faults but he somehow convinced himself that he was one of the greatest songwriters of all time, half of the top musical group in the world, and had landed on the entertainment "top of the mountain." A couple chart hits and a few weeks in Vegas don't qualify him for the accolades he likes to give himself. He was a temporarily successful musician/composer who was unable to sustain his popularity due to his unwillingness to listen to others and admit his talent weaknesses. Overall it's an entertaining book to read that needs more details and less defensive ego.