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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Mill City Press, Inc. (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937600580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937600587
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a MUST READ for anyone who has a heart.
Melissa S Morris
As a Jew whose mother (may she rest in peace) absolutely made me the man that I am today, I totally understand and can relate to everything in this book.
Anthony James
Learning about Gene Simmons and his relationship with his mother was really cool.
Robert

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By shupey on February 2, 2012
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Having been a major KISS since I can remember, I am always looking for new books on my favorite band. Ross's book bring insight into what may drive our favorite Demon, Gene Simmons. His writing style allows you, the reader, to paint a picture in your mind of a young Gene and his doting mother Flora as they journey through life with just each other. It also takes to a place Flora had to survive, alone. I cannot even imagine the acts of cold blooded violence and murder commited by the Nazi regime in the concentration camps but this young woman survives to bring the world one of the greatest and most influential rockers in music history. She lives her life with class and dignity and the love she has for her boy just pours out of the pages. Get the book. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Kearse on January 4, 2012
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Ross Berg's book provides a very unique perspective and interesting insight into the life of one of the founding members of Kiss: bass player and entertainment entrepreneur, Gene Simmons. In his tribute to the God of Thunder and his mother, Flora, this book explores the roots of the development of Gene Simmons as a person and as a larger than life character. Interwoven in a very readable style, Berg blends together the horrors of the Holocaust, the evolution of comics and horror films, childhood experiences, and a mother's love for her son and examines their influences on the growth and transformation of Chaim Witz to Gene Klein to Gene Simmons. This book is a one of a kind commentary on Jewish life in the shadow of the Holocaust and the evolution of a rock star. A very distinctive and very important volume in Kisstory, a must have for anyone interested in the band.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drew Christensen on January 24, 2012
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This book was a wonderful achievement for Ross, Gene, Flora, The Jewish Faith, and all others. Most people who have read anything about Gene it has been only mostly about his life in rock and roll, which this does go into but it focuses on a part of his life many have read very little or possibly none about. I was raised in a catholic family. We were not very huge on religion still however. I enjoy reading about other religions, people i admire, and Gene in general. The holocaust was a tragedy showing how evil one and all can be. I feel this book shows us Gene in a more real light then many have seen even watching his show you have gotten to know more but this book showed me and many who have read it how important he is as a human being. His mother Flora has been through a lot and so has Gene. She did everything to give him a better life and finally brought them both to america where they now both reside. This book is not only a good read, you cannot put it down, it's heartfelt, touching, and much more. Being a part of the Flora Army myself along with Ross and others. I want to give a huge congrats, thumbs up, and 5 stars, or whatever else is high marks. I was sad when i finished this book just did not want it to end it was a journey through many aspects of his and Flora's life. We have been given the chance to read a great piece of work about 2 wonderful people and written by a great human being. If you have not read it get a copy i mean its now barley over $10 on here. I will say $15 bucks as it was originally was very much worth it as well, i pre-ordered a copy a ways back and got it quickly. So read this fine work you will not be disappointed, i encourage you all to give it a chance and you will be more then glad you did. Ross Great Job My Friend! for shedding more light on the shadow over Gene, Flora, and the Holocaust itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Campbell on January 13, 2012
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I really enjoyed Ross' book, not only did I find it revealing as a look into the life of Flora and Gene, but it was an eye opener and shed new light on the holocaust itself. A darker part of history that needs to be remembered so it may be used as a lesson of the evils men need to stay clear of. Thanks Ross. Dave Campbell - KISS ARMY KANSAS
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on January 2, 2012
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The title says it all. I really enjoyed the book. Learning about Gene Simmons and his relationship with his mother was really cool.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony James on January 1, 2012
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Mr. Ross Berg does a wonderful job telling the stories of the self-proclaimed powerful & attractive Gene Simmons and his mother, the even more powerful (and, yes, even more attractive) Florence "Flora" Klein in this phenomenal book. As a Jew whose mother (may she rest in peace) absolutely made me the man that I am today, I totally understand and can relate to everything in this book. Regardless of your personal opinions of Simmons and/or KISS, this book is an absolute must read for everyone.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Radioactive on December 30, 2011
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I had only know Gene Simmons as the macho, fire-breathing ghoul from Kiss. But this book made me understand how he came to be famous and why he chose to be a cross between Dracula and Godzilla. Most people don't know that Gene's mom was in the Hitler concentration camps and this led Gene to want to explore the dark side of life through his character in kiss. This is a very interesting book and is told in an unusual style - - very different from the typical dry biography. It reads like fiction but it is all true.
I recomend it to everyone who likes rock and roll, history, Jewish issues, immigrant stories, comic books, horror films, and psychology.
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