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Dancing the Dream: Poems and Reflections Hardcover – June 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385422776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385422772
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music but of all music.' - Justin Timberlake * 'The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strive to be.' - Beyonce * 'Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson. His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him legend.' - Steven Spielberg * 'He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I'm devasted he's gone.' - Britney Spears" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michael Jackson was born in 1958. He made his musical debut aged 11 with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5, his solo career began in 1971 and he was soon dubbed the 'King of Pop'. His albums, Thriller, Off the Wall, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory are among the top selling albums in the world. During his remarkable career, Jackson won thirteen Grammy Awards and the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award. He released thirteen number one solo singles and enjoyed sales of an estimated 750 million records worldwide. His unique sound and style has influenced recording artists from all genres for generations and will continue to do so for many more years to come. Michael Jackson died, aged 50, on 25 June 2009. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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When I received the book in the mail, I was so happy with my purchase!
Kahanalei
This is a book that truly shows the world Michael's heart and soul as well as his genius!!
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This book is delightful to read - a must read for Michael Jackson fans.
Liz Darcy

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179 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on April 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was the most wonderful book I have ever read. As soon as I heard about it I had to have it because I have always been a huge Michael Jackson fan, and always will be. However, though I expected it to be good. I did not expect this. The poems and essays are so well thought out and beautifully written. The man has a true gift. Every single work is filled with the joy of life and is a true inspiration. It has even inspired me to start writing poetry, but I am not nearly as good as this. They made me smile, laugh, and cry. Whenever I have a bad day I read either "The Heart Said No" or "Grew Wings Without Me" or "Trust" and they truly lift my spirit. There are also great essays and poems about nature and animals like "When the Elephants March" and "Look Again, Baby Seal." Also, there are poems about the love of God. Furthermore you will discover how Michael really feels about children in poems like "Children of the World," "On Children," "When Babies Smile," and "Wise Little Girl." This man is the last person in the world that I would worry about being with children. After reading this, I trust him not to hurt children more than I do myself! And I adore children! This book is truly beautiful and will show the path of love and righteousness to anyone who reads it. I would recommend this to someone whether or not they have ever bought a Michael Jackson record. If you want to be inspired beyond belief, read this. If you want to know who the REAL Michael Jackson is, don't watch the news, read this.
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is Michael Jackson at his prime. It is a living proof that the man is not only the greatest pop star that ever lived, he's the greatest artist that ever lived.
The book is printed 100% on glossy paper and has tons of pictures. It contains Jackson's observation on life, humanity, god, the world and children. It takes you places only Michael Jackson can.
So, in a word? Breathtaking. Get it right now!!!
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Courtney (ummmm12@aol.com) on October 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson wrote a wonderful book. It's great for anyone who needs a shove in the right direction. It's full of inspirational poetry, stories, and reflections, and they all have an excellent lesson to be learned.It is full of photos, paintings, and drawings from Michael's personal collection. This book is a must- read for everyone, whether they are fans or not!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Nguyen on August 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Michael Jackson fans, please visit amazon.co.uk to buy this book. It cost twenty one dollars and seventy one cent including shipping cost.

Update: they ship fast and you want to pay by Capital One credit card to avoid the exchange rate fee. I think other credit cards charge fee for foreign transaction. The new one is exactly like the original one except for new picture on the cover. All the pictures, poems and essay are the same. Enjoy!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Liz Darcy on August 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I was speechless. I found myself in complete awe, not because Michael Jackson is the world's most talented writer but because he is so raw, genuine, and his words are filled with innocence and sincerity.

This book is delightful to read - a must read for Michael Jackson fans. Unfortunately, due to his recent tragic death, it's hard to find at a reasonable, affordable price anymore. I'm sure you can get your hands on it somehow though at a library. As I read this, I could almost hear Michael Jackson saying the things he writes in my head. The pages also contain artwork and some absolutely beautiful pictures of Michael.

His short essays, even more than his poems, are a pleasure to read because they really present Michael as a human being who is so curious and simple. He wonders about things like the stars and makes keen observations about things that most people would find too insignificant to notice - like how elephants always have to stand, even when they're sleeping. He thought that the things most people would disregard were worth thinking about. He thought about everything! This simplicity allows the reader to connect with him. This book reminds me of his song, Human Nature because the reader really get's a glimpse into Michael's human nature in this book. He asks why. He writes a lot about children as well which really captures the purity and innocence in how he connects with children.

After reading this book, I was left with only one thought (aside from how insanely gorgeous this man was): what couldn't Michael Jackson do? He could write, dance, sing, compose music, act...He encompassed all the forms of art and in everything he did, he made sure he was the best at it. This book is a small glimpse into the beautiful mind of Michael Jackson. Anyone who wants to know anything about Michael the person, rather than the celebrity, should read this book first.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is living proof that Michael Jackson is not only a wonderful musician, but a wise and wonderful human being with a childlike innocence that is a rare find these days. God bless him.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Giles on June 17, 2007
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Dancing the dream is a glimpse into the soul of Michael Jackson. It's a must have for any fan. It gives you a MUCH MUCH MUCH better idea of who he is than his 'autobiography' Moonwalk (which was little more than a recounting of his career). This book shows you the idealistic, perhaps naive, and sometimes sappy core of Michael.

If you're looking for the world's best poetry or writings, this isn't it. But if you're looking for a glimpse of Michael Jackson's heart, if you want to escape the harsh realities of everyday life and indulge in the idealistic dreams of someone who genuinely looks for the good in the world, then this is the book for you.

Any time I'm feeling down, I can always pick up this book and read a few pages and it always makes me feel better :)
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