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1.0 out of 5 stars "Terrible Book On Michael Jackson Look Elsewhere", February 3, 2010
This review is from: Jacko, His Rise and Fall: The Social and Sexual History of Michael Jackson (Hardcover)
I read many books about Michael Jackson because I loved what he did for music and he was a great person. Unfortunately this book is not what any fan wants to read and proved to be another bunch of lies and an attempt at getting money. I could stop right there but it would be too easy to say unflattering things about Darwin Porter's work "Jacko, His Rise and fall: The Social and Sexual History of Michael Jackson" without giving a deeper explanation. I should have known better the name alone Jacko is not respectful .The book starts with Michael's youth and seems quite positive at first and seemed like a good read. However, it didn't take too long for the author to give his annoying and unbiased comments on nearly every page, and then he comes up with tabloid subjects and he goes into each of them unsuccessfully trying to prove something bad about Michael.

I didn't like that author was focused on Michael's sexuality even at a very young age, after reading this book I can say that he clearly thinks Michael is homosexual and doesn't even make you think that he could be hetero for just one second. But he goes in details as he says writes like "Michael is a Jehovah's Witness and homosexuality is against his religion" and offers that Michael went to some bars in New York where he met homosexuals who were interested in him but he denied them because of his religion and he doesn't approve of their choice. He also writes that Michael might have been sexually abused when he was just a child and many other subjects without any true sources or much to prove that some of the things he wrote here were really said or true which is sad for him.

The only positive thing about the book is that it covers Michael's entire life from his childhood to adult, and that there are many, many pictures of the celebrities he mentions in the book so you have an idea of who said what according to Darwin. Not that it's exactly positive but it's the best thing about the book. There were not any pictures of Michael (except at the beginning of the book) though for a book in which he's the subject there aren't many. The book dates from 2007 but the 2009 edition has a new chapter after the death of Michael not that it matters much.If you're looking for collection of the tabloids subjects over the years, this is the one you're looking for but I don't know why you would want that unless you're not a fan of Michael. He writes that Michael is the one who was behind the story of the Elephant Man and wanted to gain extra publicity, while that may seem like an interesting theory he has NOTHING to demonstrate ANY proof at all! Oh and the author's adds in the end were terrible! I'm giving this a one star rating. I don't recommend it to any fans of Michael.
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