on 12 May 2009
I have read a great deal of books about Marilyn Monroe and this has to be one of the worst. One might imagine from the title that this book would be balanced in its study of both Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe; in fact, the author seems to have real issues with Marilyn Monroe and also seems to idolise Arthur Miller so it's incredibly biased towards Miller and anti-Monroe. There doesn't seem to be much research within the book - chunks are taken from a couple of other books I have read already (and very selectively taken I might add); and some things are stated without any documentary proof. By the end of the book, I felt as if he had trashed the memory of Monroe while Miller (who was not without blame in their relationship) was left standing on a pedastal, totally unblemished. Not recommended.
on 5 December 2011
I was glued to this book. It was fascinating, full of insights and anecdotes which made the characters come alive on the page. The sheer volume of research behind this work is impressive in itself, and it is drawn together in incisively written prose. I find the other two reviews curious, as this book is a lot more intelligent and balanced in its treatment of Marilyn Monroe than anything I have previously read. Highly recommended.
on 17 May 2010
This is a detailed and on the whole well-written book, but Meyers appears to have fallen for a number of the myths surrounding Monroe - myths that have been pretty comprehensively exploded by J. Randy Taraborelli in his very detailed and convincing "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe". In all fairness, Meyers writes as a friend of Miller, who certainly had a rough ride with his unstable wife, but if you want to know the truth, Taraborelli's your man.