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Anthony Summers
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22 Nov 2007

She was born Norma Jeane but the world knew and loved her as Marilyn. Her life was one of unprecedented fame and private misery, her death a tragedy surrounded by mysteries. Drawing on first-hand interviews Anthony Summers offers both a classic biography and a shockingly revealing account of the screen goddess's relations with John and Robert Kennedy.

'The definitive story of the legend ... more convincing at every page - told with all the coldness of truth and the authority of the historian, but at the end of it we still love Marilyn' Maeve Binchy, Irish Times


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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (22 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575403012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575403017
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,075 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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Conspiracy Theorists Field Day 18 July 2007
Format:Paperback
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect biograpy 26 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Judgmental 19 July 2009
By J. Vale
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 29 Mar 2001
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monroe Bible 19 May 2011
By Boo Boo
Format:Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very thorough descriptive biography about MM. It explains every detail throughout her life from childhood to death, her character, family, film career, personal life, including all her relationships with men, marriages, colleagues, associates and friends. It even brings up all the filth and gossip about her, again we still do not know if any of it is true. Explanations of her death is well balanced, could be murder, could be suicide or accident. At the end of the day we still do not know what really happened. I would recommend this book even if you only want to read one biography of Marilyn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read 7 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddess 30 April 2003
Format:Paperback
The title say's it all, Marilyn Monroe was a goddess. This book is great so good that i coulden't put it down. I gave it to my sister to read and now she is also hooked on MM. This book goes into great detail about Marilyn's career and personal life but still the author had respect for her and her privacy and went to great lengths to research his work. A brilliant book that i highly recommend any fan of Marilyn Monroe (or not even) should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw dropping stuff
This book just totally blew me away, fantastically written & the research that the author undertook to get to the truth is mind blowing. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Lucian
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddess:the Secret Lives Of Marilyn Monroe
This is an enjoyable book - easy to read. There is a lot of information that I didn't know and hadn't read about previously.
Published 9 days ago by Betty Souter
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read!!
Fascinating book to read. I'd definitely recommend it to anybody from the inquisitive to the fanatic!! A thorough and detailed read.
Published 1 month ago by Abigail Harker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Such a fascinating read! I loved this book so much! Have read it more than once I couldn't put it down!
Published 4 months ago by Miss Georgina Chequers
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning book
Anthony Summers does it again. This book displayed great investigative powers, told in a coherent, sympathetic way, which keeps you turning the pages.
Published 5 months ago by Liz Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Marilyn book by far
I read this in the 1980's & have owned several copies since. At last it's available on Kindle.... Thank you!!
This book is a great all rounder, well written & easy to read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Raymond Coyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!
As a 16 year old, I thought this book was great! I found it difficult to put down at most times and spent whole days of my easter holidays reading it! Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Marilyn_Monroe2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddess - the best Marilyn Monroe biography out there
Goddess: The Secret Lives Of Marilyn Monroe

Having been a fan of Marilyn Monroe for a long time, I've found this to be the most interesting of her biographies. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by Emma Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
Loved this book - i couldnt put it down, has to be one of the best books about marilyn i have ever read. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2010 by Dawny11
4.0 out of 5 stars this book should have named the rise and fall of Marlyn monroe
this book reads like a thriller novel , and it should had been named the rise and fall of Marlyn Monroe as it descibes in greate detail her transformation from just a country girl... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2010 by Omar Farid
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