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You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a…

You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes

by Jermaine Jackson

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First, let me admit that I was never a Jackson 5 or Michael Jackson fan as I just casually admired their music. Since the book was written be Jermaine Jackson I thought the book would be a totally biased "puff piece" but is was not. It is biased which is natural for a brother to defend his brother. But beyond this, the book shows the negative side of Papa Joseph Jackson's dominance of the family in the early years. The author also writes about many of the inter family squabbles over the years. So, I do believed the book was worth reading and it did give me a more sympathetic outlook toward Michael's struggles and a greater appreciation for his art, his work ethic and his charitable nature. ( )
  muddyboy | Jan 2, 2013 |
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I have built a monument more lasting than bronze and higher than the royal palace of the Pyramids. I shall not totally die, and a great part of me will live beyond death. I will keep growing, fresh with the praise of posterity.
—Horace, 23 BC
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THE BATHROOM MIRROR AT A LITTLE hotel in Santa Maria, California, is fogged with condensation, and there is so much steam from my morning shower that my reflection is rendered invisible.
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This work is a portrait of Michael Jackson, illuminating the private man, offering access into a rarefied world. The author, his brother, older than Michael by four years, offers a keenly observed and surprisingly candid memoir tracing Michael's life starting with their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael's phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end which sparked worldwide grief. It is an examination of the man, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped him. The author knows the real Michael Jackson like only a brother can. In this raw, honest, and poignant account, he reveals the Michael he knew so well and understood, perhaps better than anyone else, Michael the private person, not Michael "The King of Pop." He portrays the Michael he started out with in a tiny house at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, the brother, the son, the father, the complex, the unknown Michael. The author does not flinch from tackling the tough issues. He covers it all: the torrid press, the scandals, the allegations, the court cases, the internal politics, the ill fated AEG tour. Far from presenting only thin versions of a media construct, this work provides a glimpse into the complex heart, mind, and soul of a genius but troubled entertainer. As Michael's confidante and a witness to history on the inside the author is a person qualified to deliver the real Michael and reveal his innermost thoughts, opinions, and emotions through the most headline making episodes of his life. This memoir is rich in anecdotes and behind-the-scenes detail and tries to make sense of the troubled artist whose tragic death was so premature.… (more)

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