As another reviewer stated, most of the information found in the book can be found on the internet. Pieces of past interviews and stories are patched together throughout the story and large sections of text appear more than one time within the book as if they were cut and pasted. There also appear to be several inaccuracies...James' dad is called both James Joseph Gandolfini Sr and James John Gandolfini Sr in the book and the book states that James' daughter was born in October 2012 (which I believe is true), but then on page 227, it states that at the time of Mr. Gandolfini's death (June 2013), "...Deborah Lin stayed in L.A., to be with Liliana Ruth, who was just over a year old". There were a couple of other red flags as well, but I cannot remember them off the top of my head. That being said, I had the opportunity to meet James about 4 years ago and he was a very sweet and down-to-earth man; the book does portray him as a good guy.
The author could not get an interview with Gandolfini's close friends and family so he skillfully pulls together all the publicly accessible interviews and other material on Gandolfini. Mr. Bischoff is a good writer and certainly knows how to turn a phrase in an entertaining way. My only objection to this biography is the author spending so much time analyzing the development and impact of Gandolfini's most famous role - Tony Soprano. I don't feel that should have been focused on in a biography about a man the public knew little about on a personal level. That said, the author did a good job on all that he tackled in this book.
I just got done watching the Sopranos and was interested in reading about James as his true self. This book gave an honest and true background of his upbringing and training and career prior to his death. A good read ..but a Life taken too soon.
My wife and I are both Gandolfini fans, so she could not wait to get the book. The only problem was it seem pretty rushed. There were type'o's, and editing errors in a number of places. It really looked like let's hurry and put it out there and make some money. Too bad and I think it could have been really good.