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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792032
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Major national television campaign has been implemented to promote this title.

Major tabloid serialization will take place. --This text refers to the Turtleback edition.

From the Publisher

This book is explosive and will make any other book about Michael Jackson instantly forgotten. You won’t find this inside information anywhere else. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Stacy Brown covers Carlisle and Dickinson College for The Sentinel. He has worked for the community news division of the Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Times-Tribune and MSNBC.

Stacy has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including AC 360, Good Morning America, Today, Dateline NBC, Nightline, The Howard Stern Show, The Wendy Williams Experience, Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Joy Behar Show, Fox & Friends, MSNBC News, NBC Nightly News, MTV, BET and The Biography Channel.

As a journalist, Stacy has covered, interviewed, and even collaborated with celebrities including Diane Sawyer, Al Roker, Denzel Washington, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Al Green, Elton John, Steven Tyler, Howard Stern, Justin Timberlake, and Spike Lee.

Stacy is the author of several books including the Essence Magazine nominated best biography, "Blind Faith: The Miraculous Journey of Lula Hardaway and her son, Stevie Wonder," and "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind The Mask, An Insider's Account of the King of Pop."

Follow Stacy's Entertainment Blog at: http://cumberlink.com/news/opinion/blogs/thats_entertainment/

Customer Reviews

Just read about him in the "Michael Jackson Conspiracty book.
Paula
The book is supposedly written by Bob Jones (close advisor to Michael Jackson) with Stacy Brown (he should turn in his hack license).
Meh
And I don't really believe in any of this 'tabloid trash' in this book.
Sara L. Woods

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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By NY-Parker on July 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well I actually read this book and these stories this ex-employee writes seem to be so out there it has to be made up. How come this guy worked for MJ for 30yrs and never said anything? Worse continued to work for him? Only to be fired and then write this book? This guy has nothing nice to say about Michael Jackson in this book. Even claiming he dosen't eat fried chicken and collard greens because he dosen't like black people! Mr. Jones states that MJ is a racist in this book claiming he dosen't hire black americans to work for him. Well when I seen MJ on TV I see plenty of black people working for him. His long time nanny is black, security personnel are black, publist is black, and correct me if I'm wrong Bob Jones looks black to me! He uses plenty of testimony from the psychotic mom of the accuser in this book, which I wouldn't believe a single word from this con artist mom. Mr. Bob Jones leaves out of this book some big details about the accuser family like lying in court about a JCPenny lawsuit accusing security guards of sexually touching son who was stopped by these guards because he was shoplifting. Which the family was paid $150,000 and then one week after received $150,000 the mother files for welfare! ( Mother is currently being investigated for welfare fraud) Okay and if anybody believes that family was held hostage you really need to be ashamed of yourself! I don't think you can find a hostage that will tell you that they received a full body wax,went on shopping sprees, and dental appointments! Honestly a reader can't take this book as truth but if you want to read a gossip mag this is your book!
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Vaeni on July 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"To a certain degree, Bob Jones CREATED Michael Jackson." That's funny because I thought Joe Jackson, Berry Gordy, The "Motown 25th Anniversary" performance, the moonwalk, the voice, the family, the innovative music videos--the TALENT and charisma--I thought all of those things helped "create" Michael Jackson. In the end, I thought Michael Jackson created Michael Jackson. But no, apparently Bob Jones had something to do with it. What's his claim to fame? He came up with "King of Pop?" Oh fantastic! Because every time some reporter says "King of Pop," they preface it by saing "Self-proclaimed [King of Pop]." In America, at least, it's used tongue-in-cheek; it's used AGAINST Jackson.

So right there, before I even open up the book, before I even click the BUY tab, RIGHT THERE ON THE SCREEN I am confronted with a complete and utter lie. That Jones co-wrote this with an MSNBC analyst should be illegal. Was there no conflict of interest as pertains to the trial coverage?

God, can't we leave the poor guy alone in his damn wishing tree? Bob Jones--you're a Black man. if Michael Jackson hates Black men, how is it that you worked so closely with him for DECADES? Why would he keep you on the pay roll? More importantly, why would you stay?

Most important of all, why would I ever read this book?
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Kunesh on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book in a bookstore this evening and skimmed through it. I have to be honest. I can't believe bookstores are carrying this kind of garbage.

I would like to note that i DID NOT read this book, but rather skimmed through it for a while at the bookstore. I do not normally comment on or write reviews of books that I have not read. However, prior to skimming through this book, I already had the backstory on the author as well as having spoken to people who knew Michael well who had shared many honest, truthful stories with me about Michael's character. I had also done an incredible amount of research for the website I was creating in regards to Michael, his character and his life, and everything that I was reading while paging through this book went against what I knew to be truth, so I felt compelled to comment on it at the time.

Some of the highlights included the author stating that Michael wrote a letter in his own feces! It then went on to say that he knew that Michael spoke of "doo doo", but didn't realize he liked it so much. This paragraph of the book alone should be enough for people to throw the book down in disgust, and run as fast as they can out of the store!

He also goes on and on about Michael not liking black people (funny how he spoke up about racism and defending his race often and visited Africa and defended Africa so often and spoke of Africa and told people how beautiful it was. The author loathingly and arrogantly kept referring to Michael as "The King" followed by all kinds of very sarcastic comments. You can read anger and resentment in this book from cover to cover. So with that kind of tone to the book, it makes me already feel very cautious about the content.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Linda on July 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well, this book is all very interesting EXCEPT.... NONE of it is true!!

As an example, read these snippets from the court testimony of authors Jones and Brown, as they squirm UNDER OATH!

Cross-examination of BOB JONES (April 11 2005)

......

25 Q. And then you were asked, "Um, did you see
26 Mr. Jackson engage in any head licking of anybody?"
27 And your answer was, "Never." Remember that?
28 A. I recall.

.......

3 Q. And you told the prosecutor you had written
4 the words at the bottom of the page that refer to
5 licking, right?
6 A. Uh-huh.
7 Q. And is it your testimony that you have not
8 approved the accuracy of that statement?
9 A. That is correct.

..........

4 Q. And would you agree when you're working with
5 a co-writer and a publisher to prepare a book about
6 Michael Jackson, there's pressure to make things
7 sensational when you can, right?
8 A. Yes.
9 Q. And your publisher and others want a book
10 that can sell, correct?
11 A. My co-writer [STACEY BROWN]. The publisher wasn't involved
12 in that particular end of it.

............

13 Q. Okay. And do you then typically correct or
14 change what you think is either inaccurate or
15 inappropriate?
16 A. Oh, I've changed millions of things that
17 were inaccurate that I didn't say

...........

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8 RECROSS-EXAMINATION [of STACEY BROWN]
9 BY MR. MESEREAU:
10 Q. Mr. Brown, what I think the prosecutor just
11 elicited is the following: When he[BOB JONES] was broke, he
12 said there was licking. And when he didn't have
13 financial problems, he said there wasn't any, right?
14 A.
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