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Michael Jackson: The King of Pop's Darkest Hour Hardcover – 9 Jan 1995
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This book details the career of Michael Jackson and his efforts to finally shed his media shy image. 1993 was destined to be one of the biggest and best years for Michael Jackson, but along came an ugly and disturbing twist - he became the target of allegations of child molestation. Although he constantly kept his complete and total innocence, he was subjected to an unprecedental barrage of media attention and abuse. His every move and motives were questioned, but Jackson consistently and without exception proved his sceptics wrong. This book takes a look at the media's obsession with the story, not with the facts, but with the sensationalism and the potential for profits; big profits! Here are the facts and perspectives that were virtually ignored by the media.
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Full disclosure: I'm only 50-60 pages into the book, but already the writing is so sloppy and disjointed that at couple points I literally *cringed* at how something this unprofessional and badly-constructed could ever get published. Bizarre, oddly-placed sarcasm (pg 49). Misquoting the Jackson family's own statement to the press in support of Michael (pg 59 ...and in the very first sentence no less!) Calling Michael's company "MSS Productions" (pg 12). Third-grade spelling & grammar errors like "Michael over came the media's massacre of him" (a typo which appears on the book jacket itself, for crying out loud!) I won't even begin to cover all the miscapitalized song titles, inconsistent chapter breaks, jumping perspectives, and general simple-minded fan gushing taking the place of actual writing.
I don't know who this poor Lisa Campbell lady is, but clearly she should not be writing books. I wouldn't even trust her to write out a grocery list. Please somebody take away her computer, her pen & pencil, whatever. I've read 8th grade essays that are better-written than this embarrassing scatter-shot mélange. Why on earth couldn't she afford to have hired a ghostwriter, or at least fact-checker, copy-editor, or someone (anyone!) to clean up her garbled meandering dreck into something readable and professional? This book is actually an embarrassment for MJ fans - any sort of point the author had buried in this book now has questionable legitimacy, because its source is of such poor quality.
I've certainly read some badly amateur self-published books in my time, but this one takes the cake. And I'm not even 1/3 of the way through! I'm gonna soldier on though, I owe it to Michael if nothing else....who I *do* believe was taken advantage of by the people in his life, especially during his final days. But man oh man, I really wish this book wasn't filled with so many mistakes and awful writing. That really dampens its authority, from a literary and journalistic perspective.
Different from the many books I have read, this is the only book that saw the 1993 case from the angle of a supporter of MJ. The book is foreword by Bob Jones, MJ's PR at that time. Campbell is, however, not totally biased towards her idol. She did point out some rumours in the book, like, Brook Shield was given $10000 each time accompanying MJ to shows, and MJ's grandfather received Public Assistance.
It is interesting to note that throughout the book the writer kept spelling out those names who supported MJ through the first trial. And it mentioned more than one time Diana Ross was very silent on the trial.
I tend to love very much those thing that is rare and scarce, just like this book. Fans should not miss this book.
Ms. Campbell presented the facts between the TWO trails that were occuring at the time, not just one, and shows Michaels undeniable innocence all the way. Her unwaning support of Michael is echoed throughout the world with the minds and voices of the fans that really care about Michael.
The story was intriguing and very sad as well. It's appalling to think that such a kind and shy person as Michael Jackson could be subjected to such harmful persecuting, and I have to admit that the story was compelling enough to make one not only feel for Michael, to sympathize, but to also feel his own pain and just begin to imagine what agony he could have felt at the time, and even to this very moment. It made me choke up, and I could not put down this book.
This is a wonderful biography on Michael's "Scandelous" moments, and it totally proves Michael Jackson, again and again, that he has always maintained his innocence, and will always. Magnificant!