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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Aug. 2009
- Language: English
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However, a lot of the "facts" are based on single person accounts, and the author is given to taking his one source at face value and thereby discounting any conflicting information with sweeping statements. As anyone who knows the life story of Marilyn Monroe knows, there are many contracting stories and while it's easier to just select one and go with that, it doesn't paint the full picture. Also, a lot of information included is taken from research he did for other books, so its effectively second hand. So, for the quality of information included, I would give it two stars, hence my three star rating.
Also, which annoyed me, when you read his acknowledgements at the back, he says he ran out of space and time to include a full list of all materials referenced (which I think affects the credibility) and that he didn't have enough space to include all the material he researched, but he might put it in the paperback! Not such a great thing to read once you have forked out for the hardback.
All in all, a good read. A few nuggets (especially about her early life pre-Jim Dougherty) but no startling revelations - I would hold out for the paperback.
Righto.. Not only does this book quote people who don't exist, its either that or he seriously messes up the names, I won't tell you who that would be too easy...have a look for yourself..see if many of the interviewies actually exist.. there are several.
Most of the info is old news, robbed from prior biogs, which of course he fails to credit..
All in all, meandering pap.
Perhaps some of the most revelatory information found in this book comes from the files released in 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act. The author details a "truly extraordinary" 3-page document containing information by an FBI agent describing the relationship between Marilyn and Robert Kennedy.
This volume (and it is a volume - 560 pages with previously unpublished photographs) will probably stand as the ultimate word on the ill-fated star. Unfortunately, it is a sad story, sadder than many of us knew. Gladys Baker, her mother who was denied in many publicity releases, was mentally ill suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Marilyn's early years were spent at the Los Angeles Orphans' Home. To come from those circumstances to become one of the most famous movie stars in the world is quite a feat. Regrettably, it seems to have taken a dreadful toll as Marilyn began to deteriorate mentally.
For those who want the definitive story of the woman called the world's greatest sex symbol, here it is, filled with details and minutia from the day she was born until the hour of her untimely death. Taraborrelli has completed a yeoman's task in presenting the story of Marilyn Monroe. One only wishes it could have had a happy ending.
- Gail Cooke
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This is a very interesting book, JR Taraborrelli has done so much research, a must read for anyone who is interested in Marilyn.Published 9 months ago by Bizzy Lizzy
Another example of Taraborrellis amazing writing skills! I'd searched for ages to find a good read on Marilyn, one that covered her full life not just the films, the scandals or... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tayloranne Donnelly