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Elvis : Word for Word Hardcover – November 7, 2000

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Editorial Reviews

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"A terrific idea and a badly needed book. Bound to be one of the half-dozen most essential Elvis books ever." -- Mary Hancock Hinds, author of "The Elvis Bibliography," 1999

"Anyone interested in Elvis Presley would have to get this book! It's an exceptionally fine work with a beautiful cover and some extraordinary photos." -- MSNBC-TV, 1999

"If you can own just one book about Elvis Presley, this is the one!" -- ABC-TV, 1999

"Pure and simple, people will learn more about Elvis Presley by reading this book than any other way I can think of." -- Singer, Ronnie McDowell, 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

"Maybe someday I will write a book." Elvis spoke these seven words in response to a reporter's question about Presley's army experience. Unfortunately, during his mere 17 years of life following that comment, Elvis never got around to writing a book, whether about his two years in the army or an autobiographical one.

Elvis - Word for Word now takes its place in the world of Presley literature as the closest anyone will ever get to reading the personal thoughts and feelings of Elvis Presley.

With this project, we made verification our prime directive. It is crucial that readers know, if we could not verify words attributed to Elvis, they do not appear in this book. Since Elvis - Word for Word is not a collection of anyone's personal memoirs and recollections, and in keeping with our steadfast rule against hearsay, we use no citations of what someone - even including this writer - claims Elvis once said.

And so it is that Elvis Presley never wrote a book, though many, many others certainly have. As of this writing there are over 1,200 Elvis books, magazines and major literary pieces that we know, and probably many others we have yet to discover.

Seemingly every imaginable Presley topic has now been investigated, contemplated and gathered together in print. His life story has now been told numerous times, each version a little differently.

All those books, but not once has Elvis really had his say. Now he does and you will read it here, exactly as he shared it ... word for word. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Revised edition (November 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609608037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609608036
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca Brown on November 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What he said, exactly how he said it... From his first minor radio appearance to the last letter he wrote before his death. Verifiable Elvis Presley telegrams, letters to fans, his lovers & friends as well quips with a slew of rare & unknown photographs.
Elvis & Jerry became friends in 1967, when they both lived in Memphis, Tennessee. Jerry was a deejay then & played The King's disks the most. For more than two decades, when someone calls Graceland asking about Elvis collectibles, they are routinely referred to Jerry Osborne & his series of Presley reference books.
Elvis was not noted for his conversational skills however, I have a feeling we didn't know how funny he actually could be. He cracked some deadpan, off-the-cuff quips that you can just hear him drawl
This has to be for dyed-in-the-wool devotees who want to know every "Thank you" & "Oh Yeah!" & "Yes sir" The King ever uttered or his simple, polite Thank You Notes, congratulatory telegrams & holiday greetings. Sometimes I get the distinct impression that The King just didn't understand what all the fuss was about nor why anyone would want to ask some of the innane questions they did. When he was asked about music, however, he waxed positively poetic!
In his letters, Elvis did quite well, even has a lilt that comes through & it's surprising to see just who he wrote to. There is also a fascinating photographic history of this Legend's public life - a who's who of show business & movies!
If you know any Elvis fans & want to give them the ultimate present, then Jerry Osborne's Elvis-Word for Word is as good as it gets! For my full review do check out [my website].
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By A Customer on November 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The thing about Elvis is he never wrote an autobiography, so for too long "the real" Elvis had to be revealed by "those who knew him."
Finally here's a comprehensive collection of things Elvis really said.
In this book are transcriptions of press conferences, concerts, and letters.
The biggest thrill for me was the publication of the letters Elvis wrote Anita Wood while he was in the Army. As far as I know, she hasn't allowed them to be shown previously (in the P.S.'s Elvis tells her to never show them to anyone).
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Disappointed. I Previewed this book on Google books and decided to purchase it specifically to read what was listed on page 131 as:
1960 (Date unknown)
Event: Phone call from Anita Wood in Memphis to Elvis in California
Source: Audio recording
On page 132 the conversation began with the Operator etc....going on to Joe Esposito accepting the phone call from Anita and giving the phone to Elvis and two pages of conversation of course several pages of the conversation where missing. My curiostiy was peaked because I actually had a copy of a different edition from the library and could not find this conversation in it. So I clicked on the link by this book which led me to Amazon and when I received the book the very conversation I previewed was not in the book. So if you are purchasing the book based on a Google Book preview don't apparently there are fake pages in the previews. If it were not for expecting something different I would rate the book much higher it has some good photographs that I had not expected. I will review the book on google much more harshly.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the best insights into the thoughts of Elvis. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly documented. A true treasure!
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All the quotes are from Elvis and it shows what an wonderful, talented human he was. The problems he had with some of the media, proved them to be wrong.
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Format: Hardcover
The Elvis book was received on time, was in good condition, I haven't time to read it at this time.
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This was an alright book. I have read others that were better. There was a lot of repeating of the conversations sometimes the wording was a little different. The book was fairly formatted nicely and easy to read but boring. If you are an avid fan, there are other books out there to buy and read. If you are just an average person wanting to read something about Elvis, then this is a good book.
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