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Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson Hardcover – July 14, 2009
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The curious case of Michael Jackson turns curiouser still in the hands of investigative journalist Halperin, who concludes that Jacko likely was not a pedophile, but likely was gay, among other urgent findings. In this audiobook produced just weeks after the singer s death, four-time Audie Award winner Allen reads Halperin s work crisply, with precise diction and restraint, which nicely tempers the occasionally prurient subject matter. In places Halperin does Allen no favors, as the reader quickly realizes that listening to trial transcripts is just as boring as reading them. The same can be said of lengthy television interviews, but the transcripts are central to Halperin s thrust. Author of two pieces probing the possibility that rocker Kurt Cobain was murdered, Halperin decided to film a documentary that would prove Jackson s guilt after the singer was acquitted of child molestation in 1993. To his surprise, he became convinced that Jackson was innocent of those charges, though, in his digging, he came up with more than enough scandalous stuff for this book. Allen gives the sordid saga a veneer of restraint, but at base, this is one fun wallow in celebrity salaciousness that may nonetheless change listeners minds about Jackson s likely guilt or innocence. Mike Tribby 8/26/09 --Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ian Halperin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain, and Whitney & Bobbi Kristina, among many other biographies. He is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker, having directed and produced several films, including the documentaries Gone Too Soon, Chasing Gaga, and The Cobain Case. Halperin regularly appears on television and radio to share his perspective on celebrity culture.
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I saw Ian Halperin on one of the morning shows and decided to get his book when it came out. Along with Aphrodite Jones' book, I re-read this shortly after the one-year anniversary of Michael's death. I know that this book received a lot of bad reviews. Going through this book, I know that there are parts that are truthful, as they match what Aphrodite Jones had said in her book. Ian Halperin, much like Ms. Jones, was convinced with Michael Jackson's guilt in the sexual molestation charges. He was out to prove this, and in the int-rum, he found that he was thinking Michael Jackson was innocent and framed. I'll give the author credit for admitting this.
However, the book still has enough "sensationalism" to try to sell books. This came out right after Michael Jackson's death. The claim on the book, The Final Years of Michael Jackson, is a bit misleading, however. There was very little about the controversy surrounding Michael's death. A bulk of this book centered around, like Ms. Jones' book, the sexual molestation charges and other "sensational" inquiries. Mr. Halpern felt the public needed to read about Michael's ever-changing skin color, his plastic surgery, and most explosively, his sexual orientation. Those parts of the books are what angered most long-time Jackson fans and supporters.
What I found bothersome about the author is his shady manner in trying to get his stories. Maybe lying and disguising yourself to get into the "inner circle" of your subject is typical of journalists. Someone who has to resort to such tactics makes me feel as though he cannot be totally trusted on the subject that he is reporting about.
I did find two positive things that happened as a result of this book. The first was the part of the book that went into Michael Jackson's marriage to Lisa Marie Presley and the Scientology connection. I can say that this book, after reading it last year for the first time, prompted my desire to read anything I could get my hands on regarding the twisted cult of Scientology. This also prompted me to further research religious cults in general, but Scientology I find the most fascinating and dangerous.
The second is that I had decided to check out Ian Hapern's two books on the death of Kurt Cobian: What Killed Kurt Cobain and Love & Death. I can say that What Killed Kurt Cobain (Love & Death is pretty much the same book with slight updates) is a much more intriguing read than this book is.
So, if you're looking for specks of truth in some sensationalism, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, you can join me in my search to find accounts based on reality.
To be frankly,I don't think the author truly, completely understands MJ.
His songs, touching souls, explain everything. The way, both animals and children (the majority of whom never lie) interact with MJ was full of peace and happyness. What else do you need to prove that he is harmless?
It is tragic that people are inclined to repulse difference, the "abnormals". By the way, who is normal? Who is hundred percent normal? me? or, God? How can we ask other person to be "perfect" when we are not ourselves? It is not fair.
It is even more tragic that sometimes people use ethic as a weapon just for money, even though this behavior itself is against ethics already. "If you can not beat him down in the face then do it on his back", what a clever idea. Yes, ethic is a cheap, efficient and easy handling weapon, even a child can handle it, as long as he is brave enough to sell his soul and to be tortured for the rest of his life.
We shouldn't have ruined the present god gave us. A world without magic sucks.