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The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation Hardcover – September 25, 2009
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About the Author
RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH is one of the world’s leading relationship experts and spiritual authorities. His twenty-one books have been bestsellers in seventeen languages, and his award-winning syndicated column is read by a global audience of millions. He is the host of TLC’s award-winning Shalom in the Home and was Oprah Winfrey’s love, marriage, and parenting expert on Oprah and Friends. He served for eleven years as rabbi at Oxford University, where he built the Oxford L’Chaim Society into the University’s second largest student organization. Today, Newsweek calls him the most famous rabbi in America. The winner of the highly prestigious London Times Preacher of the Year award, Rabbi Shmuley is also the recipient of the National Fatherhood Award and the American Jewish Press Association’s Highest Award for Excellence in Commentary. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Debbie, and their nine children.
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Would i recommend this book? Yes. Cause if it wasnt for shmuley being so judgmental this would have been a great read. So i would say read it! And be your own judge..i laughed about the whole madonna thing! And lisa marie..again be your own judge do not let shmuley comments influence you..read it!!
I have read so many books written by people who claim to know Michael intimately, but the question always remains for me; if Michael was such a tormented oddball, who carelessly took drugs, why do his children appear to be delightfully well adjusted and well behaved young people?
I was a little unsettled by some of Michael's words, but so much of what he said was open to interpretation. I think you really needed to be there to understand the context of what Michael was trying to get across to the listener. Many of his sentences remained unfinished. The most frustrating parts were when Shmuley would ask a question that was a paragraph long and Michael would respond with, `Uh-Huh'.
Shmuley's self promotion infuriated me to begin with, but then it just became boring. He claims to have written the beautiful speech Michael gave at Oxford. To me these words were very much Michael's own and were not written for him.
The last chapter Shmuley goes on a tirade about the man Michael Jackson had become, which was not at all complimentary in any way. Shmuley only knew Michael for two of his fifty years and was certainly not present in his life towards the end. This chapter is followed by Shmuley's acknowledgements. The first person he thanks is Michael Jackson. He says, "I miss you, Michael, and I mourn your loss". Really? Because it did not sound that way in the final chapter of your book! I am not a Michael Jackson fanatic. I am well aware Michael had faults, but I felt Shmuley was very unfair when giving his opinion of Michael and his lifestyle.
Shmuley used this book to push his religion and the books he has written, and also to boast about the friendships he has made over the years with people he viewed as important, powerful people, but whose names generally meant nothing to me. One of these people is Uri Geller, who introduced Shmuley to Michael and who also was instrumental in organising the Bashir documentary. Enough said?! I am not of the opinion that Michael was perfect, after all who is, but I do think Shmuley was just another "hanger on" who thought he could benefit from Michael's status. One thing I do know about Michael Jackson; he went to great lengths to keep his private life private and to maintain a shroud of mystery. Shmuley is kidding himself if he thinks Michael at any stage truly opened up to him for this book.