The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

Book - 2012
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Traces the story of Michael Jackson's life from his famous childhood through his final four years, drawing on interviews with his friends, enemies, and other associates to cover his international travels, business acumen, and parenting decisions.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802119629
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 JAC NVD
Characteristics: xiii, 776 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Mark_Daly Mar 01, 2014

A remarkable work. Sullivan sprints through Jackson's early life and career to dwell on the legal, medical and financial problems of the singer's last years. The final chapters detail the infighting among Jackson family members following the superstar's demise. The book's endnotes reveal that Sullivan was involved in many developments in the story after Jackson's death, and spoke extensively with key players, some of whom he keeps anonymous. He details at length his reasons for relying on (and concealing) various sources, so readers can draw their own conclusions. Bottom line: however you have thought of Michael Jackson, this book may surprise you.

Apr 02, 2013

We've all heard the myriad of tales about Michael Jackson. What I like about this book is that it tells the real truth, as close as it is possible to get, about MJ, from his early, incomprehensibly huge talent, to becoming a star at a young age, to his increasingly strange and sometimes reclusive habits as he got older, to his tragic death and all the lawsuits and minutae in between. It not only covers the what but tries to understand WHY Michael Jackson was the kind of man he was. I doubt any other biography could run 900 pages and remain mostly interesting most of the time.

This book skips all around in time and is difficult to follow at times because of all the names and the detail in following MJ's life. But it is a fascinating read.

Mar 04, 2013

Careful with this book. There may be pieces of truth, but much of it is tabloid junk. Most books on MJ are published by companies who only allow the author to be published if he sensationalizes MJ or uses blatant lies. You really are better off reading MJ's autobiography, Jermaine Jackson's You are not Alone, or the GQ article by Aphrodite Jones (a reporter who used to write tabloid junk about MJ, then did real research and wrote about the truth--she had to self-publish, of course, because no company would take her). Check out the website "Reflectionsonthedance" which has real interviews from the people closest to MJ--the website creator is very connected to the entertainment industry and has trustworthy sources.

Dec 22, 2012

I have read most of this book which is long and often boring and skips back a forth a lot. There are multiple false statements about Michael in the Book such as Sullivan saying Michael had a prosthetic nose. That is old tabloid trash, not new or refreshing. Michael Jackson's autopsy is online and it states he has a nose. It also states he had Vitiligo, which Sullivan questions! Lisa Marie Presley has stated publicly that she had a normal relationship with Michael and Sullivan chose to ignore her statements over unsubstantiated sources! Aside from the information dealing with Tom Mesereau who defended Michael during the 2005 trail, and the fact Michael publicly stated his father was overly strict as far back as 1988 much of the information is from tabloids and unsubstantiated sources. Mr. Mesereau does a good job of explaining why Michael was vindicated and what a kind, nice person he was. The book has a 2 star rating on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! The New York Times review said Untouchable was "bloated and dispensable." For information about Michael Jackson I suggest: Man in the Music, The Creative Life of Michael Jackson by Joseph Vogel which has a 4.5 rating and is an excellent book about Michael as an artist. Redemption by Geraldine Hughes, My Friend Michael by Frank Casio. Frank Casio was 5 years old when he met MJ and grew up around him. The Michael Jackson Conspiracy is an excellent 5 star rated book by a journalist who was actually present at the 2005 trail and truly Vindicates Michael and Moonwalk by Michael Jackson which was a New York Times Best Seller.

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Feb 10, 2013

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