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Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson Hardcover – July 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment; First Printing edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439177174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439177174
  • ASIN: 1439177171
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The curious case of Michael Jackson turns curiouser still in the hands of investigative journalist Halperin, who concludes that Jacko likely was not a pedophile, but likely was gay, among other urgent findings. In this audiobook produced just weeks after the singer s death, four-time Audie Award winner Allen reads Halperin s work crisply, with precise diction and restraint, which nicely tempers the occasionally prurient subject matter. In places Halperin does Allen no favors, as the reader quickly realizes that listening to trial transcripts is just as boring as reading them. The same can be said of lengthy television interviews, but the transcripts are central to Halperin s thrust. Author of two pieces probing the possibility that rocker Kurt Cobain was murdered, Halperin decided to film a documentary that would prove Jackson s guilt after the singer was acquitted of child molestation in 1993. To his surprise, he became convinced that Jackson was innocent of those charges, though, in his digging, he came up with more than enough scandalous stuff for this book. Allen gives the sordid saga a veneer of restraint, but at base, this is one fun wallow in celebrity salaciousness that may nonetheless change listeners minds about Jackson s likely guilt or innocence. Mike Tribby 8/26/09 --Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ian Halperin is also a former winner of the Rolling Stone magazine Award for Investigative Journalism. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including the bestsellers Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story, and Celine Dion: Behind the Fairytale, as well as a number of exposés on the modeling industry. He coauthored Who Killed Kurt Cobain? with Max Wallace. Ian is a regular correspondent for Court TV and has contributed to 60 Minutes 2.

More About the Author

Ian Halperin is also a former winner of the Rolling Stone magazine Award for Investigative Journalism. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including the bestsellers Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story, and Celine Dion: Behind the Fairytale, as well as a number of exposes on the modeling industry. He coauthored Who Killed Kurt Cobain? with Max Wallace. Ian is a regular correspondent for Court TV and has contributed to 60 Minutes 2.

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He was just trying to make money of the death of Michael Jackson.
Livid78
Who wants to know the truth should read the book "Michael Jackson conspiracy" before thinking of buying and wasting time on this book.
Vivian Nguyen
It seems like Halperin knows nothing, but just wanted to write a book.
Tove Denmark

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452 of 464 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Sehaefer on July 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having followed Ian's other explosive celebrity scoops and books over the past several years I sort of knew what to expect with this one. Ian is the one who exclusively revealed on his blog that Angelina Jolie has sex daily with men, women, dogs, plants, and suggestively even her own children. He claims that Brad Pitt impregnated a mysterious Sudanese model who then traveled to Cannes this year to confront him, but then never said another word about it. He claimed multiple times that David Carradine was murdered, when in fact the forensic experts confirmed that Carradine died of accidental erotic asphyxiation. One of his biggest things is to "out" celebrities and in his mind most all of Hollywood is gay. Unfortunately, none of Ian's exclusives have ever been substantiated by any factual evidence, and most read more like fabricated tales than concrete accounts.

Late last year Ian first alleged (as he does in his book) that Michael Jackson was suffering from a potpourri of deadly diseases including but not limited to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, severe emphysema, 95% blind in his left eye, near mute, lung and liver diseases and in dire need of a transplant, serious back and leg pain, virtually bedridden and unable to get out, amongst other outlandish illnesses which seemed to grow each week. After these claims were roundly denied by Michael Jackson, Ian aggressively promised to bring out medical records and evidence to support these claims, he never did so but instead challenged Michael to take a medical exam to prove he didn't have such illnesses.
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on July 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just got done reading this book, and I have two major complaints:

First off, I would like to say that this is probably the most poorly edited book I have ever had the chance to read. There are sentences that are repeated twice, spelling and grammar errors that could have been easily corrected, the font at some points looks deliberately stretched out, and the dates on some things are messed up. Case in point: Apparently according to this book, Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1999, and an incident involving Janet Arvizo in relation to People vs. Jackson was placed in the year 1993...and this is just what I caught. There are probably more date screwups abounding that I missed. Whoever edited this should be ashamed of themselves.

Secondly, the meat and bones of the book itself. The term "research fail" could be used to sum up the portion of the book not related to the molestation charges. The author presents little to no evidence to back up his many outrageous claims, which include but are not limited to:

1. MJ is gay, and had numerous gay lovers over the years;
2. Lisa Marie married him to get him into the Cult of Scientology and divorced him when he refused;
3. He was high on drugs when he dangled Blanket off the balcony in Berlin;
4. The inclusion of the "nanny pumped MJ's stomach" story as fact;
5. MJ had some rare genetic lung disease, so he brought in Dr. Conrad Murray to kill him in some form of assisted suicide.

Ian Halperin got lucky when he said MJ only had six months to live. A lucky guess does not make one an authority, especially not with the lack of real research that has been done on this book.
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182 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Ivy Gordon on July 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Celebrity biographers are an interesting breed. It's important to keep questioning their motives as you read along. Some do it for wealth, some do it for fame, some do it to glorify or defame their subject. Very rarely do you find someone committing their life's work to the raw truth in these type of profiles. Not when sensationalism sells.

Halperin's latest work should be considered professional fan fiction. He appears to have taken basic facts about Jackson's life and let his imagination roam. Almost all of his tips come from anonymous sources. There's a reason we are taught from grade school to cite sources, people. There is absolutely no reason to believe these stories are true. The assumptions he makes and conclusions he jumps to are often laughable. Halperin never interviewed Jackson.

The highlight of the book is Halperin's analysis of the child molestation charges. He finds that there is no truth to the accusations, which is plainly apparent with any research into the families and the specifics behind the charges.

I never imagined someone could be so violently robbed of privacy and compassion and condemned by the same people who adored him. Don't waste your money on this book. [...]. That's a summary of the whole book. Please note that this is published on the Daily Mail, a disreputable tabloid. Further, notice that one of Halperin's claims, that Rowe is demanding custody, has already been proven false. As per the claims that Jackson couldn't sing or dance and would only contribute 13 minutes of the performance, I sincerely doubt AEG would allow that. Outrage would spread after the first show and everyone would start demanding refunds. And check out the author's personal blog. It's hilarious narcissism.
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