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Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Karen Moriarty
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Book Description

THE HIGHEST-RATED
5-STAR MJ BOOK ON AMAZON

AND....
* A Kindle Bestseller
* One of the Best-Selling MJ Books
* Has Earned the Most Reviews

Why did 7,745 people download this book from "Kindle Free eBooks" within 24 hours? Read it to find out why....

" If you want an eye-opening portrayal of the real Michael Jackson -
delivered in a rare blend of disclosure, respect, insight, and passion -
this is it! "
-- Thomas A. Mesereau [MJ's Defense Attorney]

MORE THAN a Michael Jackson Biography --
AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY...

Today, in spite of volumes of printed material and a world of cyberspace about Michael Jackson, there is little published information about the real, flesh-and-blood man from first-hand witnesses. Until now.

Revealed in this biography are Michael's last four mysterious years: where he and his children went, what he did, and how he spent his time.

An in-depth portrayal of Michael Jackson -- the global "King of Pop" -- Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy discloses new information and unique insights into this "king of a man." This book explains his torturous life with an emphasis on his triumphs over his adversities and challenges.

More controversial in life and in death than anyone else, Michael Jackson's goodness has been mostly ignored. This volume needs to be affixed to the legacy of his genius and greatness.

"Bizarre circumstances demand bizarre behavior." Dr. Moriarty leads her reader through the maze of stunningly bizarre circumstances in which Michael lived and struggled, through private joys and suffering as a real person ... at the absolute pinnacle of human existence.

.......................................

What you will discover & learn ... in 19 chapters ...

"The Back Door"
Protecting Mr. Jackson
Michael Jackson the Man
"Daddy"
Michael Jackson & His Family
Michael Jackson's TSUNAMI: The Trial
The Back Story: Surprises
The Morass of Michael Jackson's Finances
Flypaper: Sticky Lawsuits & Such
Nothing But the Facts
Healer & Humanitarian
Artist & Entertainer
"Bizarre Behavior"
The Paragon of Paradox
Michael Jackson & His Fans
The Unwanted Chapter
The Legacy of Michael Jackson
Ruminations


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"If you want an eye-opening portrayal of the real Michael Jackson -- delivered in a rare blend of disclosure, respect, insight, and passion -- this it it!" - Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr.

A Psychologists Take on Michael Jackson.

Dr. Karen Moriartys "Defending A King" may not be a traditional biography, but it offers an intriguingand humanizingperspective on the King of Pop.

A trained clinical psychologist, Dr. Moriartys most interesting contribution is her professional analysis of Jacksons actions throughout his life, especially those deemed strange by the tabloid media. Of particular note is her Bizarre Behavior chapter, in which she points out that bizarre behavior is normal in bizarre circumstances and then thoughtfully explains how and why.

Dr. Moriarty delves into the psychology of what it was like to be Michael Jackson,  underscoring how incredible it was, from a therapists perspective, that Jackson turned out to be such a kind and gentle human being  given his upbringing.
Her professional perspective on the inner workings of Michael Jackson alone made the book a worthwhile read for anyone looking to gain a new understanding of the King of Pop.
                                                                  -- Zack OMalley Greenburg, Senior Editor, Forbes Magazine & Author, "Michael Jackson, Inc."

Truly engaging  the real story at last!

Skillfully-written with layer after layer of facts and presented with interesting style, this book tells the heart-wrenching story of that most interesting and complex entertainer [Michael Jackson]....

Truthfully, I was never a fan of Michael Jackson. But I am keenly interested in the few who skyrocket beyond the heights of celebrity strata through hard work and sheer brilliance. Dr. Moriarty helped me appreciate this performer who, in spite of his eccentricities (which many great personalities seem to acquire), was a highly talented, creative, good man trying to do the right thing....

When the hype of the media skews the truth, you will find satisfying resolution to your doubts through this extraordinary book.                                                                 
                                               -- Kenneth R. Overman, Author, "A Lion in Spring"

From the Author


WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE THIS BOOK?


Michael Jackson fans and others have praised Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy for many reasons:

~ It discloses the truth about Michael Jackson with respect & passion
~ First-hand witnesses and true friends of Michael are its major sources
~ Michael's last four years are disclosed in detail
~ The author presents a well-reasoned analysis of Michael's personality & behaviors
~ The book dispels the myths - avoids sensationalism & distortions
~ It captures both the mind ... and heart of the reader
~ Michael Jackson, the innocent victim of media & the greedy, is revealed and vindicated


WHY DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK, DR. KAREN MORIARTY?

                                                               "His kindness and humility."
                                 These are the words that most people used to answer my question,
                                             "What did you most admire about Michael Jackson?"

     It is because of Michael Jackson's goodness - mostly unknown and ignored during his lifetime - that I have been inspired to undertake this project. "A mission" is the best way to describe it. I never experienced a moment of "writer's block" as I was working on this book. Not ever.
    
     The "SECRETS" about Michael Jackson that I discovered were neither sinister nor ugly. Michael chose love, as corny as that sounds. He chose to be a global humanitarian. Michael believed that was his purpose on this Earth -- to "heal the world."

IN THE AUTHOR'S WORDS . . .

     I always believed in Michael Jackson's innocence. To me, his jury trial in 2005 for alleged crimes against children, including kidnapping and molestation, was a misguided, ill-intentioned travesty of justice. I rejoiced when Michael was found not guilty of all 14 counts of felonies and misdemeanors.
    
     When Michael Jackson died suddenly on June 25, 2009, I was stunned, numbed, and deeply saddened. That fateful and pivotal day began what turned into full-time research about Michael; visits to his homes, including Neverland; writing as a volunteer for a secret MJ advocacy group; interviewing many people who knew him; and networking with his fans from everywhere.

     In early 2010, I watched a television program that featured Michael's team of three bodyguards, men who protected him and his children while he was based in Las Vegas from late 2006 to mid-2008. These men announced that they wanted to write a book about Michael Jackson from their "inside" experiences and perspective. They felt like his champions and were determined to dispel the media-created nonsense about their beloved boss.

     Weeks later, after searching unsuccessfully for their book, I contacted the head of security on that team and volunteered my services to help. I believed that it was important that finally there would be a caring and credible book about Michael Jackson. After four days of meetings with two of the bodyguards in Las Vegas and several months of full-time ghostwriting for them, I realized that we were "not on the same page" on some major issues. We had "a parting of the ways," which I describe fully in "The Back Door" chapter. With my husband Robert's encouragement, I changed direction, expanded the scope, and wrote the "definitive book" about Michael Jackson that I had hoped would be available ... but never was.

     During my author's journey, I met with and interviewed many people who knew and loved Michael. They were generous both in spirit and in the information that they shared with me. Everyone knew that we were working together on a project to advance Michael's legacy.

     I made no attempt to work with a conventional publishing company because many "knowers" assured me that the American publishing industry was not interested in a positive book about Michael Jackson. It was trash that sold - sensationalism, rumor, innuendo, allegations, and sordid stories. I self-published Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy in December 2011.

     Michael Jackson fans responded in great numbers. People from around the globe have embraced this book in heartwarming ways.

     Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy was updated during the early months of 2012, incorporating excellent suggestions from fans and other readers. I self-published the second edition with Outskirts Press in August 2012. This edition is now available anywhere in the world. The book became an Amazon Kindle bestseller at the end of that year. I'm so grateful: "It's all for L.O.V.E."


UNANTICIPATED BENEFITS - SPECIAL FRIENDS

     From Michael's two bodyguards, I gained a real feel of Michael Jackson as a private person, father, boss, businessman, friend, and family member. These men knew the greatest entertainer in the world as "surprisingly normal," kind, gentle, vulnerable, and plagued by extraordinary troubles. They were surprised and amazed by their journey as his protectors and occasionally as his confidantes. They loved "the boss" and his "three little ones" -- Prince, Paris, and Blanket.

     When we went our separate ways, we were not friends ... but we were not enemies either. These men never did publish a book about their beloved boss. Perhaps someday they will.

     After that fascinating "immersion" experience, I have been blessed to make friends with many wonderful people of unquestionable integrity, all of whom are advocates of Michael and his legacy. I feel that we are kindred spirits. They have generously shared with me their stories, intimacies, feelings, and experiences with Michael Jackson. I feel humbled and honored to call them my friends.

                                                    The "Dedication" of the book says it all:

                                                        "To Robert, my in-house inspiration,
                                                                                     &
                                                    To Michael Jackson, who changed my life."


     One of the biggest surprises for me has been the discovery of the multitude of individuals whose lives have been changed by Michael Jackson. I've included as many stories from these people as possible in this book.

     I'm especially grateful to....
  • Thomas Mesereau and Susan Yu, MJ's defense attorneys in 2004-05;
  • David Nordahl, MJ's personal artist and mentor for 20-plus years;
  • Larry Nimmer, MJ's advocate and the filmmaker of the only video of Neverland, Michael's home and sanctuary for 17 years;
  • Cherilyn Lee, MJ's personal nurse in 2009 and key witness in the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial.
     There are many others whom I would like to include here, but space does not permit....

SPECIAL GOALS


     As a former teacher of English and writing, I incorporated specific goals in Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy:
  • This book contains no salacious material; its content is appropriate for teenagers as well as adults of all ages.
  • The reader does not need to read it from beginning to end because there are 19 discreet chapters, each with its own theme.
  • This biography can be comfortably incorporated into the curriculum at the high school, college, and graduate school levels.
     While I was writing Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy, I was ever-conscious of Michael's beloved children - Prince, Paris, and Blanket. I wanted this book to be a worthy tribute to their father.

LAST WORDS: I encourage readers to write reviews of Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy. Also, I welcome direct communications from readers. I attempt to answer every message.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 2 edition (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093OGBL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Eye Opener! 3 April 2013
By MaryMJ
Format:Paperback
This book throws much light on all aspects of Michael Jackson's life - it is really an eye opener. We pray with books like this one that people will finally see the truth about him and what his life represented. Not sensational like the gossip columns, but an honest look at all areas of his life including behind the scenes, carefully researched by the author Karen Moriarty. His warmth, humility and gentle spirit shine through the pages. Tom Mesereau has been a hero in Michael's life, and the fact that he endorses this book is the highest accolade indeed. I think it's time the world saw the real man that was Michael Jackson, rather than the caricature portrayed by the press. Reading this will go a long way towards putting things right. In addition, the book gives much information on this complex and thoughtful man, especially about his final years which I had not been aware of before. Thank you Karen Moriarty for this gift of a book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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From the introduction we read about a king: a king under siege not only by those close to him but also by those far away. This humble, soft spoken, kind hearted, gentle, vulnerable man had a giant heart for children, for the suffering and the poor. The king could not sleep and a doctor was brought to him. The doctor’s advisors commissioned him to make sure the king could perform, at any cost. After being administered a powerful poison, the king finally fell asleep, not to awaken again. Dr. Karen Moriarty’s book begins with the question: How could this happen to a king?

She describes Michael Jackson as a modern-day Rorschach Inkblot Test. Tell me what you think and feel about Michael Jackson and I will and can tell who you are. Is your heart wide open or closed? Michael’s was. Are you judgmental? Are you forgiving, compassionate? Who are you?

Because of Dr. Karen Moriarty’s expertise and background as a psychologist and therapist for many years, she has the ability to read people. And in her words," I have never met a person who was more persecuted than Michael Jackson."

Moriarty’s book is carefully researched from his family to his finances to the trials. I have been researching and blogging about Michael Jackson’s death for five years. When a friend’s husband grilled me about Michael, his first question was: “What about sex? Who was he having sex with?” And that is the sad state of our culture. Why is it not okay to attribute an all-encompassing love for children to a man in our culture? Why the need to be suspicious and dirty? Our culture is obsessed with sex and it’s the cynics that made something pure and innocent, into something evil. Moriarty delves into this topic and so much more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Karen Moriarty’s "Defending A King" may not be a traditional biography, but it offers an intriguing—and humanizing—perspective on the King of Pop.

A trained clinical psychologist, Dr. Moriarty’s most interesting contribution is her professional analysis of Jackson’s actions throughout his life, especially those deemed “strange” by the tabloid media. Of particular note is her “Bizarre Behavior” chapter, in which she points out that “bizarre behavior is normal in bizarre circumstances” and then thoughtfully explains how and why.

Dr. Moriarty delves into the psychology of what it was like to be Michael Jackson, outlining the sort of effects an abusive childhood and a life in the spotlight can have on the human psyche—and underscoring how incredible it was, from a therapist’s perspective, that Jackson turned out to be such a kind and gentle human being (at least outside of the boardroom, where Jackson was quite tenacious) given his upbringing.

The material from Dr. Moriarty’s interviews with Tom Mesereau and Michael Jackson’s bodyguards is also compelling; other parts of her book could have benefitted from more of that sort of primary source research and a bit more editing. But her professional perspective on the inner workings of Michael Jackson alone made the book a worthwhile read for anyone looking to gain a new understanding of the King of Pop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defending A King - His Life and Legacy 19 Mar. 2013
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Defending A King - His Life and Legacy written by Dr Karen Moriarty is a book which tells the truth about the life of Michael Jackson. It will take you on a emotional roller-coaster ride. It is a beautifuly written book which shows you what he had to deal with every day of his life, how he was as a single father to his 3 children, and how he just wanted to live a normal life. This is an incredible book which you will not want to end. From start to finish it will have you wanting know more about Michael's life, and how he lived it, with grace and dignity, it will show you how much he loved this world and everyone in it, and especially the children, with his acts of charity which he did with genuine caring and love . If you want to know the real Michael Jackson the man, than this is the book for you. Thank You for writing this book Dr Moriarty you did your research very well, it is a wonderful book. Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy 16 Feb. 2013
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I would have given this book 50 stars, had I been able to. Through out his life Michael told us numerous times that he was the loneliest person on earth, but I never realised the depth of this loneliness, until I read Karen Moriarty book, the insight into Michael private life, and how he had become a prisoner of is fame.

Every Michael Jackson fan needs to read this book, it is the only book, in almost 70yrs, that I have re-read as soon as I got to the last page. Thank you Karen for this truely wonderful book that will ensure Michael Legacy will live on.
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This book is the "definitive book" about Michael Jackson -- a must-read. It has heart, credibility, special insights from a psychologist, and the rare and coveted... Read more
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A very sanitised version of Michael Jackson's life and trial it almost seems as if the writer won't speak a word against him!
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Fabulous book a must read for any Michael Jackson fan or for anyone wanting to know more about the man rather what is written about him in the papers, time for the truth. Read more
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good read, things not known about MJ
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I have just started to read but it's so hard to put down when you start. I love michael and to learn about him and not fame, so beautiful and loving and happy and sad. Read more
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