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Britney: The Biography [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Sean Smith
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2 Jun 2006

Since she sashayed down the corridor in a schoolgirl uniform singing 'Baby One More Time', Britney Spears has become the most talked-about woman in popular culture. In this fascinating unauthorized biography, the author chronicles for the first time the amazing story of how a little southern girl described by her tutor at Disney as 'the most innocent person you'd ever want to meet' grew up to become the ultimate tabloid obsession.

Bestselling author Sean Smith has conducted a series of exclusive interviews across America to discover if she really cheated on Justin Timberlake, what happened the first time she fell in love and what she finds irresistable about husband Kevin Federline. He details her journey from American dream to American nightmare - scarred by her break-up with Timberlake, humiliated by his video featuring a Britney look-alike, booed at the London premiere of her first film, Crossroads, and deeply upset by her parents' divorce, she hit rock bottom with her notorious 55-hour Las Vegas marriage. But she has come back stronger than ever winning a prestigious Grammy award and starring in her own reality TV series. Speculating on what an uncertain future holds for new mother Mrs Federline, this is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful biography of one of the most misunderstood figures in pop.



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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (2 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440776
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Smith is the UK's leading celebrity biographer and the author of five Sunday Times best sellers including Cheryl, the definitive biography of Cheryl Cole.

His books about the most famous people of our times have been translated throughout the world. His subjects include Robbie Williams, Kate Middleton, Tulisa, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alesha Dixon,Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston and J. K. Rowling. The film Magic Beyond Words: The J. K. Rowling Story was based on his biography of the Harry Potter author.

Described by the Independent as a 'fearless chronicler', he specializes in meticulous research, going 'on the road' to find the real person behind the star image.

www.seansmithceleb.com

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'A must-read for fans' -- Heat Magazine

'It's all here in this meticulous biography with lots of previous unpublished pics, too. Go on you know want to' -- Elle Magazine 'Hot Books'

An addictive read for gossip lovers -- B Magazine

One for christmas -- Woman's Own --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having amassed a fortune of over $100 million and record sales of 40 million, at the age of twenty-two Britney Spears is the world’s biggest female star. This is the first biography to chronicle how the little girl with a crucifix in each ear, described by her teacher at Disney as 'the sweetest, most wholesome, most innocent person that you'd ever want to meet' has become the ultimate in tabloid fodder. Britney will follow her roller coaster life from her time on the Mickey Mouse Club where she first met Justin Timberlake to the moment she sashayed down the hallway dressed in school uniform and shot to fame becoming the all-American pop princess. Somehow it all fell apart – scarred by her break up with Timberlake, roundly booed at the London premiere of her first film, the downward spiral culminated with her infamous 55-hour Las Vegas marriage. The press went crazy over second marriage to dancer Kevin Federline, yet her fans remained loyal and she went on to win MTV Europe female of the year 2004 and the 2005 Grammy for best dance record. Speculating on what an uncertain future holds for Mrs Federline-Spears, Britney will be a gossipy and revealing biography of one of the most fascinating figures in pop. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written, entertaining and thought-provoking 10 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge Britney Spears fan and pre-ordered this book as there haven't been any decent biographies published about Britney. I was instantly gripped by this account of her eventful life so far. The author reveals fascinating details about her childhood and her relationship with her mother as well as with the various men in her life - with much more sensitivity and insight than the usual tabloid tales. His explanation of what led her to that notorious Vegas wedding is particularly thought-provoking.
I was intrigued by the detail about the southern bible-belt environment in which she grew up and the conflict between her strict religious upbringing and her raunchy public image. This is a thread which runs throughout the book and explains a great deal about Britney.
Finally, a mention for the picture section which is outstanding.
Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 21 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is a joy to read from beginning to end, providing a comprehensive look at Britney's life so far. My only problem is that there were some typing errors which I picked up on, but otherwise if you're a Britney fan or just love celebrity biographies, then this is for you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read 29 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Sean Smith has definitely produced a well researched and thoughtful analysis. He does a very good job of seperating out and studying both 'the' Britney Spears as we see her in public and the down home Britney behind the image.
Being a Britney fan I thought I knew it all, so I was very impressed to read a few things I hadn't been aware of - he talks to a lot of people from her hometown, and very interestingly her first boyfriend Reg Jones. You definitely get a sense of how Britney's upbringing has always coloured everything she does, and I hadn't realised just how much work Britney had done even before she landed the Mickey Mouse Club.
He's also very fair about weighing up the public perception of events against what actually happened, looking at everything in context (eg. the idea that Crossroads was a flop when actually it recouped its entire costs and made profit within its first week, which I didn't know!). He's very neutral - some biographies are so gushing and full of praise it's nauseating, but what's great about him is that he shows both sides. He's very fair to Britney and obviously tries not to make assumptions, but at the same time he's not afraid to be critical either.
My only criticisms would be a few factual mistakes I picked up - mainly dates - which to be fair could very well just be typos, and he doesn't stick strictly to the chronological timeline so occasionally he gets a little ahead of himself. It's pretty minor and doesn't detract from overall quality, but it is something I noticed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not bad for a well written book 12 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
the words in this book are difficult to read but it very well written it shows what briteny is really like on the inside and also on the out as well. not much to look at but i was ok after the first 2 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 7 Nov 2011
By Lottis
Format:Paperback
This is an updated version of the Sean Smith 'Britney The Biography' that came out in 2005 and it ends with her 'Circus tour' O2 performance in june 2009.

I like this book very much. I am a Britney fan so I would say I know a whole lot about her already but this book provides bits and pieces that I did not know before. For once it's a book written by someone that actually seems to be on Britney's side (although it is not over praising her, it shows both sides) unlike others I have read that are mainly just gossip and appears to have the sole purpose of bashing on Britney.

This author goes beyond the usual 'what the eye see and the media print' and seems to have put genuine effort in finding out who Britney really is and why she has done the things she have. His take on the 55-hour wedding and hair-shaving e.g actually makes a lot of sense and it feels like I understand Britney more and my heart goes out to her.

Britney is pictured as the hard working, talented and sweet person with a lot of input in her own work that she really is and definitely not as some puppet as is often believed. Without her talent and strive she would not be he pop queen she is, thats her doing not the record company or managers.

I would recommend this book to both fans and others. It is interesting and gives you a look behind the facade. It might actually change your view on Britney a bit to a more positive one, especially haters and skeptics.

I'm looking forward to the new updated version of this book since with Britney the story never ends! What would his take be on this Femme fatale era? All the bashing 'fans' and critics not satisfied with her dancing and or stage presence? What's the 411 on Jason Trawick?

I'll end with one of my favorite Britney quotes in the book 'I see my imperfections. I see my flaws. I just don't care.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must for Britney fans 13 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
I adore Britney and this was just the latest in a long line of bio's I've read on her. She is a fascinating woman and I recommend this book.
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