RaveThe Wall Street Journal... a Hollywood book about everything except the movies ... Mr. Rozzo keeps racking and re-racking his focus, from the art galleries of North La Cienega Boulevard to the rock clubs that revitalized the Sunset Strip with the sounds of the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield; from the sybaritic celebrity paradise coalescing out in Malibu to the bliss-outs and freak-outs up the coast in San Francisco. The author wants to take in the entirety of the ’60s cultural revolution through the lens of Southern California and two protean people who lived there. Remarkably, he succeeds, juggling names and events with the skill of someone intimately familiar with the turf. Everybody Thought We Were Crazy is an exceptionally well-researched and well-written book, and if the tsunami of information at times overwhelms, it’s not Mr. Rozzo’s fault that his subjects seemed to have known everyone.
PositiveWall Street JournalA workmanlike and ultimately sorrowful dual biography of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh ... In its final chapters, the book is deeply harrowing, not least because mental illness remained a misunderstood scandal in mid-20th-century Western culture ... Truly, Madly, to its benefit and detriment, at times reads as an inspired feat of collation ... As biography, however, this approach often produces a muddle ... Truly, Madly has passages of overstatement and florid speculation ... Truly, Madly comes alive as a book, and it is a gripping and terribly sad reading experience.