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He goes to great lengths to explain the psychology of Monroe and the ...
on October 30, 2014
All this British author's credibility goes out the window, for me, with the error of California being in Kansas. This book is intended as a fact-finding mission and yet something as rudimentary as that escaped editors? It has an air of being a final synthesis of various other Monroe biographies. The author purports to deduce the truth of what really happened. However, there's too much speculation about things which cannot be proven either way. Much of the truth has been lost to history and this author's posturing becomes unconvincing. That, plus, I don't feel the author really understands addiction. He goes to great lengths to explain the psychology of Monroe and the Kennedys and others. He states JFK was a sex addict. A late night meeting with Monroe at the Carlyle Hotel was not sexual, according to the author. How is there any way to know? We're expected to believe that a sex addict President had Monroe alone in his hotel room at midnight and yet didn't have sex with her? Addicts do not behave in rational, logical ways and trying to explain their behavior in a way that is understandable to the public sacrifices the true plausibility of human behavior. There's too much hearsay and speculation and conjecture by a man who doesn't understand American culture here. I cannot endorse this book. I enjoyed the micro focus on the events of Something's Got To Give. While admittedly this is probably better than most MM biographies, it is not a great work by any means. Only if you're a diehard MM fan would I recommend this book.