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Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days Hardcover – June 3, 2014

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"Illuminating and thoughtful, especially for those who can't help but hear Jackson's hit song when they read the book's title." --Kirkus

"Remember the Time foregoes sensationalism in favor of a sympathetic but unsentimental examination of life behind the gates in Michael Jackson's final years... A single father facing enormous financial pressures and a vagabond existence while trying to find some peace and joy with his three young children, Jackson is revealed, not as the 'freak show' the media so often presented, but as human. These recollections not only help fill in some of the biographical gaps in Jackson's life but demonstrate with unflinching detail the real-life price of fame."  --Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music


"Whitfield and Beard have so many good stories that you can't put the book down. Even if half of them are true, the book is a page turning 'Thriller.'" --Showbiz 411

"a candid, intimate and remarkably sage appreciation of a tortured soul with everything and nothing." --Macleans

"a book that's hard to put down and one you won't soon forget. If you're a Michael Jackson fan, you'll love the personal touch. And even if you're not a fan, this book will answer questions for you and show you a very different side of a man everyone thought they knew but, in reality, few did." --Examiner

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Experts in the field of private protection, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard served for two and a half years as the personal security team for Michael Jackson and have worked with numerous other high-profile clients, including Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Alicia Keys, and Shaquille O'Neal.

Coauthor Tanner Colby is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in The Acts, Belushi: A Biography, and Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, which was nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction by the American Library Association. He is also a frequent contributor to Slate magazine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602862508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602862500
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When you first see a book about Michael Jackson, you think "all right, who wants to tell ridiculous stories to make money off him now?" But this book is the opposite of that. It's as if the men telling this story are actually still protective of Michael Jackson, and want to clarify the hype by letting you in on the side of MJ that was real - a man who desperately just wanted to focus on his children and being a father but was surrounded by people who wanted a piece of him. The story is told thoughtfully, and it's clear these men are not the kind you'd see on tabloids selling "Wacko-Jacko" stories.

The most interesting part of all of this was just how isolated MJ was. At one point, you read about him going into a club that was playing his music. The club owners did not know he was there- it was just genuinely playing for people to dance to. MJ's reply was "They still play my music?" Wow. He was the last to know how much we all loved his music.

If you are a TRUE FAN, this book is for you.
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Format: Hardcover
Don't bother with this one ! Remember The Time has credibility problems and too much ego , profanity and complaints about money .
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I have just finished reading it, and although I love the way it's written, I can say that it left me with a heavy heart. Because Michael's life was so difficult and painful, and nobody seemed to be there for him. I've been his fan for many years, and I've read lots of books about Michael. This book doesn't have much information I did not know before, yet it is written with the kind of affection and warmth that gets right through to you. You can feel desperation of these two guys who were left practically alone to deal with everything that was going on. At times they did not even get paid, and they could not just turn around and walk away because they could not leave Michael and his children unassisted and unprotected, period. There would be nobody to step in. And I want to thank them for that. For being there even when things got bad. Not too professional to get so emotional about a client? Well, I don't care. Seeing the way Michael's life was back then, it makes you feel sympathy for the man. Makes you less judgmental. Less biased. And it helps you understand Michael and the way he was a little better.

As for personal information, I could not find anything that would disturb me. All the stories involving children are delivered tactfully. Although one of Michael's lady friends was named by her real name in the end, and I don't think that was appropriate, they should have stuck to using their code names. In all the rest - I love the book. It's about Michael the man, and not about Michael the King of Pop. Precious to anyone who got tired of constant criticism aimed at him. Bittersweet. It makes me slightly happier to know he did enjoy his time with his kids. At least, he could have that much.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure I understand why the authors classify this as some type of chronicle of MJ's last days? It seems that this book is at the very least part fiction. If you research the trial notes you will see that these 2 (previous) bodyguards admitted that they did not travel back to L.A with MJ so how could they possibly know what really happened? This is just a book written by more vultures wanting a piece of the pie. Shame on you!
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The title & advertising of this book are deceptive. What else can be believed in this book?
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`Remember the Time' written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard is the latest of books which talk about the last days of the King of Pop, made by two of his bodyguards.

Michael Jackson attracted enormous attention when he was alive, there were not a single day when he was not followed in media, reporting about the most bizarre events in which he (supposedly) participated; therefore, in some way, media can also be blamed that his life ended in such a tragic end.

However, it seems that the situation is even worse after Jackson died, because now even those people who have only partially known him or seen him a few times are trying to make money on him; they all feel that they have the right to tell the world their truth, to tell their stories which of course are the only one truthful compared to all others.

As much as I loved this fantastic singer and read many books on the subject of his life, this book unpleasantly surprised me - it is understandable that there are out there people who wants to make money on him, but if that means violation of the unwritten laws that each should impede exposing personal, and even more important, inaccurate or semi-correct information, then it is very sad.

Unfortunately this is the case with this book, because both of these bodyguards are maybe not violating confidentiality contracts (though that is questionable as well) signed with Michael Jackson by releasing their book, but what is more interesting, these guys are also misrepresenting the amount of time that spent working for Michael Jackson - instead of 30 months, they spent 21 months, hence both of them didn't been in Neverland or been in touch with Jackson 8 full months before he died.
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