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The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation Hardcover – September 25, 2009
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I had read Shmuley's thoughts about MJ on his blog and knew what was coming, and indeed he didn't disappoint. Shmuley's writing is not so much a reflection of who Michael Jackson was, but more a reflection of how judgemental he himself can be. Instead of letting Michael speak for himself, he has to tack on his own interpretation to everything that Michael said and did. An interpretation that is judgemental, biased and sanctimonious to the extreme. He's so holier-than-thou, he even puts himself above the court of law!
He delights in pointing out Michael's 'faults', and sees faults where there are none. I find it ironic that someone who always tried to see the good in others would seek help from a counsellor who always tries to find bad even in the good. This speaks more of Michael as one who always believed that there is good to be found in EVERYone. This is not megalomania, as Shmuley would put it. It is love. Something that Shmuley is sorely lacking.
Michael said that people do evil because they had not known love as a child. If their hearts were filled with love, they would not feel the need to hurt others. Clearly, nobody loves Shmuley.
He openly flogs Michael and uses Michael's 'failings' (at least in his mind) to illustrate his preachy "morality tales" of just what is wrong with society. (I wonder why he never writes about the morality of discussing other people's personal failings in public?) He even does this to some who are still living. If he gets a lawsuit out of this, he richly deserves it. Certainly there is a way to make a point without demeaning people like this.Read more ›
I, like the few who purchased this book to date, after having enough of reading the incredible news stories wanted to "hear it from the horse's mouth" some hint in his own words that would prove to me at what point Michael's life was spiraling out of control. What was the true cause of all this sadness in such a beautiful brother. When did we fail this extremely talented and giving soul. After reading this book...I guess we'll never know...
To be fair, I don't believe (as some say) what was quoted as Michael's responses during the conversations was not true because Michael had addressed many of the topics in past interviews. But I confess, as I turned the pages, my mind became suspicious about how quickly this 300-page book was produced in the two months following Michael's death. I could almost picture Dictaphone tapes from 2003 sitting in a safe or closet being dusted off and pages upon pages being churned out to meet some sort of deadline.
I find disturbing that the author writes that Michael was "...perhaps guilty of serious, terrible sins for which there might not be any redemption..." It is unclear whether he is inferring that the molestation charges were true; and if he is, he contradicts this thought when on earlier pages he defends Michael since having been at the very stage where it all began.Read more ›
I have my doubts that Michael consented to these tapes being transcribed for a book. Where's the recording of Michael agreeing to such an endeavor? Or the signed release? Or anything? Perhaps Michael viewed the rabbi as a counselor, thereby allowing the tape recording? The rabbi often interrupts the transcript to offer his own interpretation of Michael's words, which is to be expected, as it is HIS book and his viewpoint will be included, but the egotistical, "I write this not to brag" bits are obnoxious and fool no one -- he must remind the reader more than once that he wrote some of Michael's speeches, that his books (he name checks them several times) were bestsellers, that Michael said that meeting Shmuley was more enlightening than meeting the Dalai Lama. Shmuley's "Oh, no, I'm just an ordinary man! I'm flattered, but...Read more ›
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When i first got this book and started reading it i agree with most of the authors opinion. He spoke about the sexual abuse allegations and that he never thought michael was a... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Rabbi is an opportunist! MJ trusted to many people. Disappointing!Published 2 months ago by Amanda blackwell
Full of fluff. It seems like Schmuley was desperate for something to say, and so he bulked up this book with a bunch of overly critical and negative analysis. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suzy
Good book with good stories but sometimes Rabbi would insert his own beliefs which is not why i bought the book. But overall good book.Published 5 months ago by Gabriel Hernandez
Shmuley was way too opinionated here. I bought this book to hear Michael's own thoughts and feelings, however the author slaughtered Michael like many others that he trusted. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julia Riley
Don't waste time and money on this book.There is really nothing authentic or truly insightful about Michael Jackson in it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by rad
What an opportunity to learn was wasted on this man. Jackson's bright spirit is hard to dim, but this person really tries.Published 10 months ago by My Humble Opinion