- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451651560
- ISBN-13: 978-1451651560
- ASIN: 1451651562
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 212 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There seems to be a lot of books written about Michael but none is quite as up close and personal as this one. I laughed especially at the "creamy legs" part and cried at the anguish Jermaine felt when Michael died. I felt he really wanted to be there for Mike. One thing I know for sure is that we all have to leave our body sooner or later. I'm contented to know that Mike got to realize most of his dreams and be a "Daddy" even though it was cut short. He went out with a bang and will be remembered for a long time.
Thanks for letting me get a closeup of a dynamic and wonderful family who are human beings struggling to make it and struggle with the aftermath of success and money and fame. You showed us it is not easy but it is important to stick together for family is family.
Germaine's writing of this book; Honestly, I have never read such an eloquently and poignantly written book. My take is that he tells nothing but and all of the truth. He lovingly tells of the details of every stage of their lives, yet, with Michael's point of view at the forefront; growing up and performing from a young age, becoming musical sensations, then Michael's going off on his own to become the biggest entertainer & artist of all time, the horror of the child molestation accusations, yet without the sensationalized or lurid details, then Michael's abandoning of Neverland and the U.S., his imposed isolation, then, sadly, the details of what happened at the end to cause his death. The scenes he paints are well written, you feel as if you lived it with them. I have to admit that I was never a fan of MJ's music due to all the crotch grabbing, but that was simply his stage persona and part of his performance. But the man was truly the greatest entertainer ever. I am re-listening to and enjoying some of his music all over again though. If you wish to read the REAL story about Michael Jackson, then this is the book for you. And if you wish a first hand account of what his life was like with his children, and another truthful book, read the book by Bill Whitfield & Javon Beard, "Remembering the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days". I believe these two books together give the entire life story of Michael. My only confusion was the isolation Michael kept from his family. That was something that Germaine never really explained, other than, the "gatekeepers" of people around MJ kept them from him. They wouldn't even relay phone messages. At times, I believe it was mostly to keep the family from influencing the managers and money people around him in order to make sure their money kept flowing. But it doesn't explain why Michael stopped keeping in touch with his family himself. Kind of puzzling. Only other explanation was, again, the self imposed isolation he put on himself. The bottom line; Michael Jackson was a sensitive, kind & compassionate man who was simply a child at heart. I think that if given the chance, he would have never grown up, but the money machine around him destroyed him. I absolutely do not believe he ever hurt a child and the second go round of accusations certainly had an interesting twist of a reason for why that happened. You'll have to read the book to find out what that was! I blame the media for blowing things all out of proportion and people for believing the lies. Some day, someone is going to have to make the media responsible for ruining people's lives. I'm very glad I read these books and in my own mind, understand a little bit of what a wonderful man Michael Jackson was. Thanks, Germaine, for giving us an inside look into your lives and for setting out the truth for all to see. God bless!