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The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe: The Amazing True Story Hardcover – Illustrated, 25 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779276
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith Badman has written biographies on the Beatles and The Beach Boys: An awesome piece of scholarship a bible' NME; Much nearer the truth' The Beatles' official biographer, Hunter Davies

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L Holcombe on 9 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've never written a book review for Amazon before but have just finished reading this book and I had to write and say how good it was! I'm a big Marilyn Monroe fan, have been for years and have read a few of her biographies but this book had details I had never read about before and just made the last few years of her life so real and jump out so vividly from the pages, I couldn't put it down. I've read so many different things about Marilyn it's hard to know what is true any more but this author has done his research and spent his time separating the fact from the fiction. If you are a Marilyn Monroe fan and want to know more about her you will not be disappointed, for example I never knew that she hated Los Angeles, detested the place and thought of New York as her real home. Or that she had planned to spend 6 weeks in New York in August and September of 1962 and her 'housekeeper' Eunice Murray was closing up her LA home the weekend that she died, in preparation for Marilyn leaving for New York the following week. I thought I knew a lot already but this book had so much new information. Even though we all know what happens in the end, it's so sad because reading this book you can see Marilyn still had so much to live for and that at the core of it all, she was just another human being seeking happiness and so many of the key characters and so called 'friends' in her life let her down at the very end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Ramsey-Hardy on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I buy a new book about Marilyn I'm hoping it will bring me a bit closer to the person that Marilyn really was. This new book, for all its interesting circumstantial detail, was disappointing in this repect. By the end I felt that Marilyn, as an individual, hadn't really come into any clearer focus than when I started (and I got nearer the reality in Colin Clark's short book, 'My Week with Marilyn'.)

This isn't because the book is short on facts! The author has been astonishingly thorough in searching out detailed information on the last months in the star's life. For instance, when Marilyn flew by plane the book includes the flight numbers, tells us where there were stop-overs (if there were any), tells us when the flight touched down (to the minute), and who was there to meet her, sometimes even the cost of the ticket.

In extraordinary detail we are frequently told exactly what she wore, who did her hair and when, (and emphatically told who didn't do it), we are told the colour of her phones and the length of the phone wires, we are told about her front-door, what sort of nails decorated it (and name of the man who hammered them in), which company supplied a hire-car, how much the ride cost (and sometimes the name of the driver), exactly what Marilyn ordered from wine-merchants and delicatessens and precisely what the bills came to, and even the dates the bills were paid, and if they were paid by cheque....and...

For really devoted fans of Marilyn all this is fascinating information, simply because these facts are a link with Marilyn. However -interesting though all this detail may be- it didn't give me fresh understanding about Marilyn's identity, her nature as a human being, about her inner-self. And that's what REALLY interests me in a biography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anna K. on 7 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although english is not my native language, in fact I have only studied it, I tried hard to read this book carefully and, many times, with the help of a dictionary. It is obvious that the writer has tried to present a historical book, a documentary, and not a gossip book. He reffers to specific dates, addresses, specific hours of specific days, and tries to be as precise as he can. This sometimes becomes tiring and disorients the reader from the flow of the story. Moreover, some back and forths in the narration have confused me. I repeat, english is not my native language, and this was a problem. However, it is a serious book, with no intention to harm Marilyn, on the contrary, the love of the writer for her is obvious. With very few pictures of Marilyn in it, it is a book to read and not to look at. The specific cause of her death, according to this book, was something I had never imagined. Although not clear some points for me, I recommend it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ColmMac on 17 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book with a certain degree of cynicism having read many of the books previously written on the subject of the death of Marilyn Monroe. I expected this to be little more than a re-hash of all the old conspiracy theories linking Marilyn's death to foul play orchestrated in some way by the Kennedy brothers or by agencies out to protect the Kennedy adminstration. Thankfully Keith Badman has steered away from blindly following in the footsteps of previous authors and instead takes a fresh look at the final few years of Marilyn's life.

The author's research is meticulous and, drawing on documented evidence, quickly dispels some of the myths which have grown up about Marilyn's early childhood, her relationship with the studio executives, and of course with the Kennedy brothers. He examines the circumstances leading up to and following Marilyn's tragic death with a solid foundation of research and documentary evidence.

Overall a well written, well rearched book which is worthy of a place on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the life and death of this movie icon.
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