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Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson Hardcover – July 14, 2009
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Late last year Ian first alleged (as he does in his book) that Michael Jackson was suffering from a potpourri of deadly diseases including but not limited to Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, severe emphysema, 95% blind in his left eye, near mute, lung and liver diseases and in dire need of a transplant, serious back and leg pain, virtually bedridden and unable to get out, amongst other outlandish illnesses which seemed to grow each week. After these claims were roundly denied by Michael Jackson, Ian aggressively promised to bring out medical records and evidence to support these claims, he never did so but instead challenged Michael to take a medical exam to prove he didn't have such illnesses.Read more ›
First off, I would like to say that this is probably the most poorly edited book I have ever had the chance to read. There are sentences that are repeated twice, spelling and grammar errors that could have been easily corrected, the font at some points looks deliberately stretched out, and the dates on some things are messed up. Case in point: Apparently according to this book, Diana, Princess of Wales died in 1999, and an incident involving Janet Arvizo in relation to People vs. Jackson was placed in the year 1993...and this is just what I caught. There are probably more date screwups abounding that I missed. Whoever edited this should be ashamed of themselves.
Secondly, the meat and bones of the book itself. The term "research fail" could be used to sum up the portion of the book not related to the molestation charges. The author presents little to no evidence to back up his many outrageous claims, which include but are not limited to:
1. MJ is gay, and had numerous gay lovers over the years;
2. Lisa Marie married him to get him into the Cult of Scientology and divorced him when he refused;
3. He was high on drugs when he dangled Blanket off the balcony in Berlin;
4. The inclusion of the "nanny pumped MJ's stomach" story as fact;
5. MJ had some rare genetic lung disease, so he brought in Dr. Conrad Murray to kill him in some form of assisted suicide.
Ian Halperin got lucky when he said MJ only had six months to live. A lucky guess does not make one an authority, especially not with the lack of real research that has been done on this book.Read more ›
Halperin's latest work should be considered professional fan fiction. He appears to have taken basic facts about Jackson's life and let his imagination roam. Almost all of his tips come from anonymous sources. There's a reason we are taught from grade school to cite sources, people. There is absolutely no reason to believe these stories are true. The assumptions he makes and conclusions he jumps to are often laughable. Halperin never interviewed Jackson.
The highlight of the book is Halperin's analysis of the child molestation charges. He finds that there is no truth to the accusations, which is plainly apparent with any research into the families and the specifics behind the charges.
I never imagined someone could be so violently robbed of privacy and compassion and condemned by the same people who adored him. Don't waste your money on this book. [...]. That's a summary of the whole book. Please note that this is published on the Daily Mail, a disreputable tabloid. Further, notice that one of Halperin's claims, that Rowe is demanding custody, has already been proven false. As per the claims that Jackson couldn't sing or dance and would only contribute 13 minutes of the performance, I sincerely doubt AEG would allow that. Outrage would spread after the first show and everyone would start demanding refunds. And check out the author's personal blog. It's hilarious narcissism.Read more ›
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Ian Halperin claims to be an investigative reporter. Why didn't he investigate and interview reporters at USA Today? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kirsten Ann Hansen
Who knows these days? The kind of daily journalism, quotes do you no good, on "figures, stars, examples" like Obama and Trump truly mystify. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wade Dizdar
There was a lot of information I did not think was relevant. I did not finish it.Published 9 months ago by Tess
Best book ever on The King of Pop. I read it cover to cover. Thoroughly researched and more factual than any other MJ book out there, this is a must for any MJ fan. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Yoki
really needs to be expanded in the years after explaining the autopsy findings and the involvement of Dr Conrad Murray and his own wacky behavior in jail and also during his time... Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Jodie