Okay but could be better.,
This review is from: Shout!: The True Story of the Beatles (Paperback)I would say this is an okay book. As many other readers, I think, have stated, I definitely found this a rather biased account of the Beatles. Norman accepts himself as biased towards John: "In the Beatles subculture, one inevitably finds onself tagged as either a 'John' person or a 'Paul' person. I cannot pretend to be anything other than the former." and "someone so desperately anxious to be liked can never be quite likeable". (Which I do not agree with. I find that John's assumptions that he could say what he wanted and not get into trouble rather annoying (Much as I love him). I like the fact that Paul felt he had to try.) Either way this portrayed Paul as rather an evil character in this story.
The history is quite good, and I did enjoy this book for its small sections on Brian (whom I also adore).
But overall, I would rather recommend Hunter Davies' biography. I think he's a lot less subjective. Norman mentions within the prologue, he published a quote from Yoko, said in the epilogue and then Paul tried to call him, but Norman wasn't at home. In fact, Paul then spoke to Hunter Davies and had a little rant at him about the comment instead. Davies then published this in the epilogue of his book, so it's nice to see what Paul had to say for once. Davies also spent time with the Beatles and became a sort of friend, whereas Norman had to gather his information from other sources, which I think gives a good indication of which book you should read.