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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (22 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575403012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575403017
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The classic, definitive biography of Marilyn Monroe, now updated in the year of the 50th anniversary of the iconic star's death

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Anthony Summers formerly covered wars and other world new events for the BBC. He has written a numbAnthony Summers formerly covered wars and other world new events for the BBC. He has written a number of previous books, including HONEYTRAP, THE KENNEDY CONSPIRACY, an acclaimed study of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and - with co-author Robbyn Swan - THE ARROGANCE OF POWER, on Richard Nixon, SINATRA: THE LIFE and THE ELEVENTH DAY: THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF 9/11. THE ELEVENTH DAY was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won the Golden Dagger for crime non-fiction. The Dagger was also awarded for THE KENNEDY CONSPIRACY, and films have been based on both GODDESS and HONEYTRAP. Summers is married, has six children and lives in Ireland.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Vale on 19 July 2009
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I read on Marilyn and it was a great place to start. It was a real page-turner (a complete cliche, i know), and very insightful also. Yes some of the claims have been proven as untrue over the years (it was published in around 1985), but non-the less it was truly very interesting if not slightly too scandalous and gossipy. However, it has paved the way for numerous other Marilyn bio's, and was the first to really take the the JFK affair and make if fact. A really good place to start I feel, even if Summers' is slightly judgmental at times. However, if you are more interested in fact try Donald Spoto's book (even though I felt his writting was duller).

P.s. To the reviewer below me, the book was first published in 1985, and this is a re-issue. It brought most of the main facts about Marilyn to light and is very important,as I've said, in paving the way for other biography's on Monroe. I've also read that Summers' gave thousands of hours of his time into research for this book and thus I cannot agree that his intention was to merely cash in on the Monroe phenomenon.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Hunt on 18 July 2007
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This is my 5th copy of this book, so it must be good!!
I have read many books on Marilyn's life and death, but this is by far the best I've read. Ok, so we get a warts and all view of her, blowing out of the water the sweet little thing we saw on the screen but it gives a better overall view of this vulnerable, disturbed young woman.
He takes us through the problems suffered by Marilyn(or Norma Jean's) mother to Marilyns untimely death and beyond.
Anthony Summers, being the king of Conspiracy books, finds information which smacks you in the face in places, I found my jaw dropping on more than one occasion, even after reading this book time and time again.
There is more than one conspiracy thread running through it, even more suspects in her death, but Summers gives us information that could well hold water if viewed more carefully.
We all knew Marilyn had her demons, and we find out about how this coloured her relationships with both men and women, friends, collegues, her fans, teachers, no one escaped. Yet I found that no matter what she did, or how strange her actions, how she hurt people, these people still love her.
If you want a good read, one which makes you think, shows her in a new light, or if you have your own ideas on what happened, please read this. See if you come to the same conclusions as Anthony Summers. I didn't, far from it. This guy has done his homework and come up with a book which the conspiracy theorists will be rubbing their hands over.
To me, this book showed Marilyn as a human being like the rest of us, not iconic figure we all know. She became more real, she had the same dreams, hopes and fears as we all did, but she had to fight her own demons. I found out a lot more about the real Marilyn/Norma Jean in this book than I found out in any other books. As far as I'm concerned, it's a must read
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boo Boo on 19 May 2011
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Well researched when many of the leading participants were still alive. No other narrative touches this production and no other author has even come close.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2003
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Wow this is excellent! It may be long but every word was essential to make it the book it is. It gives an in depth account of her childhood all the way through to her death and includes very rare pictures along the way.
This book makes you look at her in a whole different light. After reading it you'll realise she wasn't just a sex symbol; but a real person with great emotial problems.
BUY this book, I promise you will not be dissapointed. It's probably the best out there.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a real page turner, despite the fact that it is incredibly long. I could not put it down. It has a great subject, which is a bonus, but is well written, informative and so interesting. I can't say that I'm any nearer understanding the mystery surrounding her death, but I finished it with a real sense of Marilyn as a human being rather than an screen icon. At times it was extremely touching, and at others horrifying. Never mind what other people wanted to do to her, it was nothing compared with what the poor girl did to herself. That was the real tragedy. Unforgettable and compelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss T Campbell on 7 July 2013
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Have read a few books on Marilyn and would say this one is the best. Updated recently with new information. It gives a sad insight into a troubled soul, interesting to the last page and questions the last days of her life.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on 12 April 2005
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I first read this book during the 1980s when there weren't so many biographies of Monroe to choose from. It was one of the earliest books to tackle Marilyn's alleged affairs with the Kennedys and their implication in her untimely death.
It's a gripping read, much like a good detective novel. But it really should be treated as speculation rather than hard evidence. Having read extensively about MM over the last 20 years, I realise that she was more complex, intelligent and stronger than Mr Summers would have us believe.
Rumours of Monroe's promiscuity during her early years in Hollywood are reprinted here, with no concrete proof. He writes of her problems on movie sets without making any attempt to explain the frustration she felt. He even portrays her as a highly disturbed,borderline schizophrenic although there are no medical grounds to support this.
In the section on Marilyn and the Kennedys, Summers relies heavily on the testimonies of sources like Robert Slatzer and Jeanne Carmen, but it has been widely disputed whether they knew MM at all.
It's a fascinating read for the conspiracy theorists, and always controversial. However, Summers fails to shed any new light on Monroe's true character, and has done her image a lot of harm. I would urge fans to read other, very different biographies, like Donald Spoto's, before making up their minds about Marilyn.
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