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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jermaine Jackson was an original member of the Jackson 5. Singer, record producer and composer, Jermaine has been widely perceived as the family's spokesperson both before and after Michael's death. He is the father to seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Halima. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781451651560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451651560
  • ASIN: 1451651562
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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120 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Kaio TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2011
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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ronda k riensche on September 18, 2011
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Naimka on October 30, 2011
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By wts on January 16, 2013
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By page 300 or so, it was clear to this reader that Jermaine had lost access to his brother Michael, and was quite peripheral to Michael's private life. Indeed, the book reveals that the brothers mostly lost touch after the Victory tour. As such, this book has documentary value with regards to Michael's early life, but is neither authoritative enough nor accurate enough as far as MJ's later life is concerned.

The earlier part of the book goes into the brothers' childhood, but is really as much about Jermaine as it is about Michael. If we do see Michael through Jermaine's eyes, it is mostly as this little kid brother who trailed in his shadow and who was part of the family gang, whom he felt protective towards. Even at this close-knit stage, it appears that Jermaine did not have access to the innermost, imaginative world of Michael Jackson. Occasionally, we do get a rare glimpse into MJ's imaginative world, and we get to briefly see the brilliance and magic that is Michael Jackson revealed like shooting stars arching across the larger expanse of shared family life. But we have to sift through quite a lot of narrative before we find these precious anecdotes. Using them, we can only imagine what it was like for the unique, sensitive, imaginative, prodigious, magical and talented boy that was Michael Jackson, growing up with a harsh father and 8 siblings in a shabby, cramped shoebox of a house in Gary.

What Jermaine is at pains to do in this book is to situate Michael within the history of the Jackson family and later, Motown. He goes to great length to establish their father Joeseph's influence on Michael as a creative artist and a person. He also does this with Gordy Berry (who happens to be Jermaine's father-in-law) and with other figures like their private tutor Rose Fine.
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