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Moonwalk [Hardcover]

Michael Jackson
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5 April 1988
Biography of Michael Jackson.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (5 April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2868045642
  • ISBN-13: 978-2868045645
  • ASIN: 0434370428
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you read just one book on Jackson, this should be the one you choose" (The Sun)

"A revealing and now poignant insight into one of entertainment's most bewildering individuals" (Sport magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Jackson's one and only autobiography: the King of Pop in his own words. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars living the dream 12 Sep 2003
From start to finish i could not put this book down. Each page had it's own little tale to tell. It explores the life of a living genius upto the BAD days in his own word. It shows the struggle and heartache which have led to all this success. I would recommend this book to everyone, fans and michael jackson knockers alike.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any MJ fan! 26 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I'm going through a delayed Michael Jackson phase, so buying this book was an essential part of my collection. I read it in one day flat because it was so interesting. It is actually very well-written, so as to keep the pages turning, but in a clear and direct way that feels as though MJ is writing from the heart. The main focus is of course on his music and his rise to fame, between the ages of 5 and 29 (as it was written in 1988). But MJ also includes snippets about his personal difficulties, relationships with his family and with women, general thoughts on life, and he even addresses plastic surgery. The result is an extremely honest and heart-warming account of the life of a true genius. However, I would only recommend this book to fans of Michael Jackson, because he frequently refers to specific songs, so if you don't know a lot of his music you won't understand what he's talking about! (Alternatively you could do what I did - get hold of those songs so that you DO know!) For me, reading this book has certainly added more depth to Michael Jackson's music.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into an amazing mind 3 Sep 2002
By Aryldi
This autobiography is surprisingly well-written & a compelling read and I would recommend it to both MJ fan and non-fan alike. This honest account of a unique man, accompanied by glossy and black and white pictures taken throughout his career, is worth the read not only for the insight into the man behind the superstar,but is also a jolly good read.
Whilst Dancing The Dream is a collection of poems and reflections, Moonwalk is an honest (sometimes painfully so) account of the life of an extremely talented man.
If you enjoyed Maya Angelou's writings, you will enjoy reading Moonwalk.
If you are only ever going to read one autobiography, it should be this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonwalk 5 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Moonwalk is incredibly factual and to-the-point. Even the emotional passages are very kind of efficient. Every single sentence is necessary. Of course this is going to be a good thing to some people and bad to others.
The structure of the book is excellent-the way one subject links to another is very good.
There's a mine of information here and despite the briskness, it is a very moving interesting book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MJ Autobiography 30 Aug 2009
I got this book thinking, what could a young man possibly write about? WOW! Was I surprised. The content was extremely well written, it takes one thru the life and early years of Michael. A very interesting read, one well worth your time. I was surprised how Motown was such a rip off to the artists they signed.
On the other hand, if you haven't read, " Dancing the Dream by MJ, you REALLY have missed the essence of the man! 10 Stars for that book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read 7 July 2009
By Ava
I read this book a good few years ago as I was a huge fan of Michael Jackson when I was younger. I have dusted it off and re-read it just to remind myself what an unusual and inspiring person he was. I loved this book at the time and was amazed by how much he had achieved at a young age. Even though he was painfully shy he was a very strong character when it came to making decisions about his career and leading The Jacksons. Some parts of the book are very sad to read now because he is so hopeful about his future and so professional and committed to his work. It is such a shame his life could not have continued in this way. He loved dancing and singing and just wanted to be the best that he could be. He was so utterly gentle he is genuinely suprised when people lie or behave unethically in the entertainment/music industry. It is heartbreaking to know that more and more of these people surrounded him as his fame increased. The book is well written, although I wished for more detail in some parts. Apart from that it is a great insight into the mind of this unusual and great person.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jackson's 'Moonwalk' 8 Sep 2009
By Linda K
This book is a wonderful insight into Michael Jackson and his earlier life, and it's written by Michael Jackson. (Since he only wrote 2 books it's worth getting a copy). It highlights how difficult his childhood was (in that he didn't really have one). It gives an insight into how his early years were spent, how hard his childhood was, and how he saw things in the grown-up world that maybe he shouldn't really have seen, which was probably why he grew up to be quite a shy and private person off stage. He was forced to grow up too fast, it was no wonder that later in life he wanted to regain some of his lost childhood. This becomes clear and perfectly understandable when you read the book.

His book tells how Michael worked hard for his success and deserved every bit of it. He loved being on stage and felt happy and at home there. It was the times in between, being on the road etc, that he found difficult. I think this book is a must for anyone who is an MJ fan, or for anyone who just wants to understand more about Michael 'The King of Pop'. It is a well written, honest, and candid account of his life. I found it quite sad in parts, when he talks of the difficult relationship with his father, but it's still well worth a read.

This book is being re-released so please buy it new! - (Don't do what I did and buy it '2nd hand' at a hyped-up price from an unscrupulous Amazon seller,(she knows who she is!). I couldn't believe that someone could be so callous as to rip off a grieving Michael Jackson fan 2 days after his death! (More fool me huh?))

Anyway back to the book: Yes, it is well worth a read (but buy it the right way at the right price). There is a re-published new one being released. Buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very good read
Published 19 days ago by patricia prile
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing! I would read it over and over again
Absolutely amazing! I would read it over and over again! It feels as if he is actually talking to you face to face telling his story. Simply breathtaking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alyna
5.0 out of 5 stars First class
I used this book to perform a lifespan psychological analysis on Michael Jackson for my degree course and scored a first class result. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rachcopey
4.0 out of 5 stars for mj. fans
I missed Michael Jackson's contribution to art in the 1980,s. Reading this book was an attempt to gain a bit of insight into a complex personality. Read more
Published 4 months ago by atc
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Read it 3 times, it shows the artistic genius MJ was. Simply inspirational and beautiful, a must read I think.
Published 4 months ago by Oana
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing
it gave me great joy reading this and I love it so much. I've never been able to see michael Jackson and this book explains a lot. Very interesting and heartfelt book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by kiyasweety
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew
It was good
People who love mj will love this book it's awesome it's the best in the world than you
Published 5 months ago by M Hepworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonwalk
Can't think what I did with my other copy. I got this secondhand hope the person hasn't regretted selling it. They put a mark in it which I reckoned they had it from this time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Markerp3n
5.0 out of 5 stars MJ
a must id a MJ fan,,,he tells it as it was,honest, glad to have read.recommend ,an insight into his world,written by MJ
Published 6 months ago by jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
This was a very interesting reading and it seemed to me, as close as we could ever get to what goes on in his mind and in his life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer
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