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Love Michael? You'll be grateful for this book
on 2 July 2014
With so much mystery, myth, and confusion surrounding Michael Jackson, this book is a refreshing look at what Michael Jackson was really saying in his interviews. It is short, and will only take you a couple of evenings to finish the book, but it is well worth the read, whether you are a "moonwalker," or whether you have a casual interest in body language. I have learned a lot about this silent language despite the book only being 178 pages long.
I have to wonder why this book hasn't made a bigger dent in the accusations against Michael Jackson. Perhaps people think body language is unreliable and easily manipulated; perhaps people decided long ago that he was guilty, and nothing will persuade them. Certainly, people seem to turn away, scoff, and make some offensive remark when the topic of Michael Jackson comes up. They close their minds and their hearts, and this is a shame. In a world full of ignorance, we need more people willing to look at the evidence without prejudice and without judgement. We need people like Craig James Baxter.
If you're worried that Craig James Baxter might be biased, a closet "moonwalker" who will bend the truth to suit his needs, don't. There are moments in the book where Michael is perceived to be lying, which may upset some fans. However, where the child abuse allegations are concerned, Michael is perceived to be 100% honest - his body language hints at no deception. The 1994 statement, 1996 police interview, and 2003 Living with Michael Jackson interview are covered in detail. I do not get the impression that Craig James Baxter bent the truth or swept any red flags under the carpet; there is one moment where Michael displays certain body language that could be perceived as deceitful, but just when your heart begins to pound, the author explains why this gesture can also be used to subconsciously convey frustration - an emotion we see from Michael a lot in this book. Unsurprisingly!
If you believe Michael Jackson was innocent, read this book. If you believe Michael Jackson was guilty, read this book. If you believe Michael Jackson was weird, freaky, eccentric - read this book. As a fan, I'm grateful that Craig James Baxter has attempted to shine a light on the darkness surrounding Michael Jackson, and I am now officially a fan of his work. This book didn't upset me at all; it made me even more determined to defend Michael, and made me love him more.
Michael Jackson was kind, child-like, generous, and innocent. And totally normal.
Which is what he'd been saying... all along.