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You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes [Kindle Edition]

Jermaine Jackson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed memoir tracing his brother’s life starting from their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end. It is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of the man, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped him.

Jermaine knows the real Michael as only a brother can. In this raw, honest, and poignant account, he reveals Michael the private person, not Michael “the King of Pop.”

Jermaine doesn’t flinch from tackling the tough issues: the torrid press, the scandals, the allegations, the court cases, the internal politics, the ill-fated This Is It tour, and disturbing developments in the days leading up to Michael’s death. But where previous works have presented only thin versions of a media construct, he provides a rare glimpse into the complex heart, mind, and soul of a brilliant but sometimes troubled entertainer. As a witness to history on the inside, Jermaine is the only person qualified to deliver the real Michael and reveal what made him tick, his private opinions, and unseen emotions through the most headline-making episodes of his life.

Filled with keen insight, rich in anecdotes and behind-the-scenes detail, You Are Not Alone is the book for any true Michael Jackson fan and for anyone trying to make sense of the artist whose death was so premature.


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'Memories are described with great intimacy and detail! It feels real. I've read just about everything written on MJ, and You Are Not Alone belongs among the best.' Joe Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson 'A heartfelt book.' Huffington Post 'Poignant! Convincing! an honest account.' Daily Telegraph '[Jermaine argues his case about Michael] with patient conviction.' Mail on Sunday 'I picked up the book for the train home! and put it down at 1am. It was the most extraordinary read' Chris Tarrant, Radio 2 'Offers a unique perspective on the world's greatest entertainer.' The Voice 'It's a book of love.' Barbara Walters, speaking on The View 'A compelling read' Piers Morgan

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'Memories are described with great intimacy and detail! It feels real. I've read just about everything written on MJ, and You Are Not Alone belongs among the best.' Joe Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson 'A heartfelt book.' Huffington Post 'Poignant! Convincing! an honest account.' Daily Telegraph '[Jermaine argues his case about Michael] with patient conviction.' Mail on Sunday 'I picked up the book for the train home! and put it down at 1am. It was the most extraordinary read' Chris Tarrant, Radio 2 'Offers a unique perspective on the world's greatest entertainer.' The Voice 'It's a book of love.' Barbara Walters, speaking on The View 'A compelling read' Piers Morgan

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  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007435673
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3FTRK
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111 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised - Couldn't Put It Down! September 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first heard Jermaine was writing a book about his brother Michael, I was turned off by the idea. Brother or not, I'd heard about so many upcoming MJ books, it felt like yet another person jumping on the bandwagon trying to make a fast buck off the deceased.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Jermaine writes with such passion and eloquence, it's clear he wrote this book for all the right reasons: to honor his brother, to share his deep love for him, and to protect his younger sibling, like any good big brother should. I've fancied myself a writer my entire life, and while I'm certainly no New York Times Bestseller, I've learned enough to know you can't write half-truths with this much passion and sincerity. It just isn't possible. Jermaine's love for Michael, and his burning desire to set the record straight, bleeds off every page of this book; (or in my case, oozes off the screen of my Kindle for Android app! ;-D )

I think part of my initial negative reaction toward Jermaine's book was that I wasn't sure if it would be truthful, or just another Jackson Family media spin. We all know how masterful they are at using the media for their own commercial gain; we've seen them do it better than anyone for decades. So I think I had more than a little cynicism toward this book right from the get-go; and I'm sure I'm not the only one. But in all fairness to Jermaine, who of us would take the time to write such an in-depth and personal memoir knowing they'll be highly criticized for it? Would you share your family memories under the same circumstances? For what? The privilege of being raked over the coals for it? For me, that in itself speaks to Jermaine's sincerity.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book only a brother could write! September 18, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading this excellent book about Michael's life from a brother's point of view and couldn't hardly put it down! Full of wonderful insight and explanations from not only Jermaine's view, but I felt from the Jackson family itself. No wonder they have so many questions after Michael's passing! I do too! He takes you back to the beginning, middle and end of Michael's life as he experienced it and I was transfixed. Couldn't agree more with many things Jermaine brought up in this book and hope anyone who wants to know more about Michael will read it...the best book I've read so far about Michael in my estimation and I've read alot of them!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, but not much that is new October 30, 2011
By Naimka
Format:Hardcover
I picked up this book with some skepticism. I am not a JJ fan, because I do remember his scathing "Word to the Badd" diss song about MJ. I wondered if JJ wrote the book just to profit from MJ's death. And, I write this review with the following caveat: I have read a number of books authored by and about the Jacksons. So, a lot of information was not "new" to me. So, if you are a big MJ fan and have read a lot about him, not much here will be new to you either. There are a couple scintillating tidbits. I found the book to be well-written. Also on the "plus" side, I did enjoy reading about their childhood and the details about MJ's homelife at Hayvenhurst. On the "minus" or negative side, a lot of the details relating to Michael in his late career were not based on first-hand knowledge and were a rehash of things already in print. I do not think JJ and MJ were close in their later years, so this narrative cannot truly be "through a brother's eyes." I did appreciate Jermaine's candor about the breakup of the Jacksons and his career. Some of the passages rang "true" and were very touching, especially the last passage which showed how world-wide MJ's fame is. I also see that Jermaine treated Joseph with "kid" gloves, so to speak, and was not negative about him, which is a different take on the man from the account of others. It is apparent different siblings have different views of the their father. So, Jermaine's perspective provided a "balance" to Joseph. Or, maybe Jermaine is in denial about Joe's treatment of his children. Overall, I would rate it fair/good, and it is a quick read. I do not recommend you buy this book. Just borrow it from the library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read! October 24, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I liked the fact this book was one you could read quickly and it gave interesting insights into the Jackson's early life and also a realistic look onto what superstardom and all things involved with it can also do to someone. It's certainly not what it's cracked up to be. In the end beyond the glamour, glitz, and spotlights,Michael was still someone's, son, brother, friend, parent, etc. and as one might expect, it's the human side of him--the side most folks don't see-is what goes through the hearts and minds of family members when he passed away. The saddest part was reading about his mother and her dealing with the death of her child-not a star-but a child she loved and raised. In short, I would recommend the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the journey October 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I really enjoyed the journey of reading this book about Michael, and it is about HIM. Jermaine speaks a bit about his own life, but the book is truly focused on Michael. I am surprised by some who have said they didn't learn anything new, or that it seems Jermaine didn't really know Michael. This was a loving tribute from a brother, and it also helped shed some light on the last few months of Michael's life. The first half of the book, which is about their childhood and Michael's rise to fame, offers some wonderful anecdotes that I hadn't heard before. Plus, the way the book is written, it is a pleasure to read and the stories are woven into one big story that captures the epic nature of Michael's life. Michael and Jermaine were quite close as children and teens, so there is some perspective that other writers might not be able to give.

The second half of the book provides insight on Michael's dealings with Sony, the Chandler allegations and the trial. I appreciated the fact that Jermaine clearly communicated the truth of what happened in the Chandler and Arvizo incidents. Because of that, I really hope people beyond the fan base will read it.

I enjoyed this book to the point that I would like to personally thank Jermaine for writing it. I am so glad to finally have a biography that goes beyond the sensationalism of Taborelli. If anyone doubts how closely Jermaine "knew" Michael, then certainly he beats out Tarborelli!

Please, buy this book and read it. You will need some tissues, but you'll come away understanding Michael and his family better than before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A wounderful insight into The Jackson family and of course michael.
I really enjoyed this book I felt I was catching glimpses of Michael and his family, looking through a window, I did cry reading this book it does touch your heart, especially... Read more
Published 10 days ago by deborah calderbank
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read....Could not put it down.
I particularly liked the parts about their childhood.

I read it practically in 1 sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Time for a re-read!
Published 13 days ago by DreamDancer "Pam"
5.0 out of 5 stars brothers
It was so good to read about his early years...his aspirations from someone who was there from the beginning of his career
Published 13 days ago by J. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
It was an amazing book , one of my favorite just the fact that jermaine still remembers all of these memories is sick ! Read more
Published 1 month ago by tarah
4.0 out of 5 stars through my brothers eyes
More like through Jermaines eyes. Some nice moments between brothers but more to make Jermaine some money. The family will always be milking Michael's name for all it's worth !
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done, Jermain
I actually really liked this book. From Jermaine's perspective but I learned new things about Michael/The Jackson family, and considering I have read or watched numerous tales... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Online Shopping Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars :-)
Loved it...great insight into the hype and under investigation of Michael's death. Sad, though...very sad. Great read if you're a Jackson fan!
Published 3 months ago by Nursekatie22
3.0 out of 5 stars You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes
I always thought and it always appeared that Jermaine was so jealous of his brother and didn't like taking a back seat to him. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kylie Norahs
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
I enjoyed this book much. I felt that Jermaine was being very open and honest about some family information. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fire Horse
5.0 out of 5 stars you are not alone.
I love the book, still reading it. I went though 10 mj books I read.I love reading about michael jackson.
Published 5 months ago by mary bosque
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