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The Elvis Presley I Knew: Beyond the headlines and scandal to the heart of the superstar Paperback – August 3, 2013
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Bob (Sarge) clearly shows how at his core, away from the glitz and glamor of show business, Elvis-the media proclaimed "King of Rock 'n' Roll"-was simply an All-American southern gentleman who punctuated his comments with "sir" and "maam."
Over 30 years ago, while working with Bob, I heard bits and pieces of these Elvis anecdotes. This wonderful book fills in the blanks (for me) of those tales. For the Elvis aficionado this should be a "must have" addition to your collection. Read "The Elvis Presley I Knew" and you, too, will see the soft spoken, humble nature of its author and realize why Elvis is STILL in the building.
I would like to see more of these books by insiders who knew Elvis but were not dependent upon him for their livelihoods.
After reading some of the reviews, I was also skeptical when the author states: "I would have been duty-bound if I had recognized Elvis' alleged drug use." Yet, the way Cantwell bloviates about himself in the book, one could believe that to be true. Elvis' death was officially attributed to a heart attack, but it is a fact that Elvis was a drug user. So maybe Cantwell didn't notice anything, or maybe he saw what he wanted to see. Being an officer of the law and the type of person he describes himself as, I would like to think Cantwell would also feel duty-bound to tell the TRUTH and not to twist the story to present it as something it is not.
The book is short and a basic read. Poorly written. I found much of the dialog and the re-telling of events to be simplistic and somewhat contrived.
The strike team officers served as body guards for Elvis when he was in the area performing. Cantwell explains that Elvis gave them gifts, but only because they were all friends and Elvis enjoyed their company. He described it as an opportunity to spend time with the superstar with "no strings attached".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bob did a great job telling his story. We enjoyed the book and the time we spent working with Mr. Cantwell in Corrections.Published 8 months ago by Marilyn
I have not read this work as yet, but I know it will be a good read! Elvis fans will want to own it! wanda june hillPublished 14 months ago by Wanda J. Berryhill
a good book to read about "Elvis" enjoyed it..but it's just a little short.Published 14 months ago by Odell H Tompkins