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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SelectBooks; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590792033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590792032
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Having read Jones' book, I can't help but wonder why it is that he has been working so long for Jackson and has had only good things to say then, but now, once he has been fired, suddenly Jackson is this bad lunatic who can't stand to see his sibbling's success, has little moral sense, etc.

Why, for God's sake would you continue working for such a man for so many years? If Jones had had integrity, and a sense of what is wrong or right, he would have stopped working for Jackson right away. But he ended up working 34 years of his life for the man, and what does that tell us about him and his integrity?

Therefore, this book is worth exactly the same as all the other books written by former employees, scorned wives (and such likes) - NOTHING.

Moreover, it has no literary value whatsoever.

In my opinion, it is a poorly-written attempt of revenge.
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