Having already culminated a library of over 30 Marilyn Monroe books it would be hard to believe to find a new book on the goddess that would surprise me, amaze me and offer me something new.
I bought this book, not only to add to the collection, but for the sheer fact that there was a prospect of the book holding a handful of new images - and even at just a handful thats enough for me to want to own it!
I'm an admirer of Marilyn and find myself engaged by every photo shoot she ever did, so when I opened this book I was shocked to find that within its 200+ pages were MORE than JUST A HANDFUL of new images. In fact, I found that just about every image in this book I had not seen in any of my previous Marilyn book purchases! Some of the photos will be familiar but you may never have seen them published before and some of them you will know simply because of their iconic status (the photo in the white dress!), but this book is made up of mainly photos that you've never seen before - and even if you've seen a photo from a particular photoshoot, there's more photos from that shoot that you've never seen!
In the end this book turns into not a book containing a handful of new Marilyn images, but a treasure trove of new photos with a handful of old images. Bruno Bernard and his estate must hold such a tight grasp on these images that its very very rare to see them slip out of their hands and into the pages of another Marilyn book. For this reason, it makes this book something very special indeed, offering new pictures and new insights into Marilyn that one could not believe would be possible 60 years after her death.
This is a MUST have for any old or new Marilyn fan or book collector, it's one of the best I've ever gotten my hands on. You will not be disapointed!!