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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Book About a Boring Guy
Let's face it - Tom Cruise isn't exactly the person one would credit with brains. He must have some but it seems from his biography that he uses it mostly to cover his tracks (and there is next to nothing he needs to cover) and remember his lines. Let's take his love affairs? The poor girls either got bored to death with Tom or he was bright to enough to dump them before...
Published on 11 Oct 2008 by Ford Ka

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1.0 out of 5 stars Candy Floss
It was only mild curiosity that drew me to this, and once I started it was like car-crash TV: you want to stop looking, but you can't. If Andrew Morton has spent years researching this (as is claimed) it doesn't show. In fairness, the first few chapters on Cruise's early life and career are reasonably informative, and it seems like the author has managed to track down...
Published on 16 July 2008 by m


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Book About a Boring Guy, 11 Oct 2008
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Let's face it - Tom Cruise isn't exactly the person one would credit with brains. He must have some but it seems from his biography that he uses it mostly to cover his tracks (and there is next to nothing he needs to cover) and remember his lines. Let's take his love affairs? The poor girls either got bored to death with Tom or he was bright to enough to dump them before it happened. He may be gay? That would require imagination which he apparently lacks.
Andrew Morton might have stopped writing biographies after the publication of his Diana book - he would be famous forever. Choosing Tom Cruise for his next subject seemed at first quite surprising. Is there anything to tell? Is there any dirt that hasn't been dished in magazines? There is but Tom is only a victim here. Victim of the only religion in the world that is protected by copyright.
The conclusion is simple - if you want to know much new about Tom, you probably won't. At least little that could be really interesting (some readers may find out they lead a fascinating life in comparison...). If you want to get to know something about Scientology without joining in and paying for it through the nose - this is your chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book - full of things I didn't know and confirmed many things that I did, 29 Oct 2013
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Enjoyed whilst being ever so slightly disappointed that Tom Cruise with all his charisma and talent should get sucked into this provocative 'religion/cult' Having read a few books on the subject, this book confirms all the crazy nonsense surrounding Scientology. Tom Cruise comes across as a hard working dedicated man but with all the usual flaws of the very gifted,Sad but
very good read ..
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 9 Sep 2008
Excellent book. I liked the way it builds up. Morton does not back off from telling facts, which i like. Tom Cruise is one of my favorite actions. Scientology falls or stands with him, and that's what we figure out reading the book. It also makes us realise that scientology is a very scary thing. I could recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about tom cruise and scientology.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Candy Floss, 16 July 2008
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It was only mild curiosity that drew me to this, and once I started it was like car-crash TV: you want to stop looking, but you can't. If Andrew Morton has spent years researching this (as is claimed) it doesn't show. In fairness, the first few chapters on Cruise's early life and career are reasonably informative, and it seems like the author has managed to track down and speak to people who actually knew him.

However, once we get into the era of 'Cruise ascendent' i.e. Top Gun and onwards, the whole thing becomes threadbare, and it's painfully clear that all Morton has done is trawl the IMDB and look through his back issues of Hello! magazine. If you are genuinely interested in Cruise, then I think you can quite easily get the information Morton provides by spending some time Google-ing.

Whilst a certain amount of cliche is expected in a 'Star Biog' the amount on display here is practically suffocating. There is a flash of interest when talk turns to Scientology, but again you struggle to tease out anthing which seems like a verifiable fact.

The end of the book is particularly iritating because essentially all it consists of is bland reportage of the Oprah interview, Brook Shields spat and DAH DAH DAH...the birth of Mr&Mrs Cruise's first child. I would imagine practically everyone reading will be familiar with all that anyway. Here's the problem: Morton brings nothing new to the table. Reason? Obviously, no-one of any importance AT ALL to Cruise and his career in the last 20 years was willing to talk to him. But Morton has pressed on anyway, and what we end up with, for at least the final three quaters of the book, is endless opinionating and conjecture. Towards the end of the book the tone of this becomes a little, well, spiteful, and I imagine that the last 50 pages or so are the main reason why this book, so far, has not been published in the UK for fear (quite rightly it seams to me) of liable action.

Perhaps it seems I am a fan defending Cruise. I am not: I have no strong feelings on him either way - I've seen some of his films but not all. His involvement with Scientology is certainly interesting (I am not a scientologist either!) but neither this or his story as an actor is served here by a book which pretty much fails in it's objective and manages to flush away any impartiality.

There is a story to tell about Cruise - no doubt, but perhaps his iron-clad grip on information means that it will take a very long time to see it in print.

Borrow it from the library if you can.
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