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You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother's Eyes Hardcover – 13 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition, First Impression edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007435665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007435661
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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`Poignant... Convincing... an honest account.' --Telegraph

`Jermaine's love for his brother clearly shines through in his book. His memories are described with great intimacy and detail. I was pleased that it wasn't simply a glossy one-dimensional portrait, but instead wrestles with complexities and tackles all the controversies. The resulting narrative contains moments of triumph and joy as well as some regret, disappointment, sadness and indignation. It feels real. I've read just about everything written on MJ, and You Are Not Alone belongs among the best.' --Joe Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson

`Anyone can write about their working relationship or their association with Michael, but looking Through a Brother's Eyes broadens the perspective of a compelling and complex individual, publicly celebrating his life and art as a court of law puts together the pieces of his controversial death. Highly Recommended.' --Melody Charles, Soultracks

"One of the reasons I wrote the book was so that my words would stand for themselves, in context," says Jermaine... "one change of context showed how one inaccuracy can snowball and how myths are made. I sat back and thought 'This is what Michael faced all the time'." --Interview with Jermaine Jackson by Charles Thomson, Huffington Post

`[Jermaine argues his case about Michael] with patient conviction.' --Mail on Sunday

`Quite educational, even for a dedicated fan... We finally have a biography of Michael Jackson that isn't distorted by tabloid innuendo and misinformation. Jermaine portrays Michael as a human being... An extraordinary, wonderful one.' --Stephanie H for MJTruthNow

`I picked up the book for the train home... and put it down at 1am. It was the most extraordinary read' --Chris Tarrant, Radio 2

From the Back Cover

"Michael was standing beside me, looking into the dark from our bedroom window as the snow fell and settled on Christmas Eve night. He looked sad. I can see myself now, looking down at him, feeling that same sadness too. Then he started to sing." Jermaine Jackson

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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I must admit that I'm very pleasantly surprised at how reflective and honest Jermaine has seemed to be. Although there are things I think he omits for privacy, he does delve much deeper into the reality of their life back in Gary and in Motown, much more intimately and sensitively and with more heart than I think I've ever read anyone else speak about it before.

As a huge MJ fan I wasn't sure there would be much here that would be new for me, but there's a lot here I didn't know or the things that are known are in more in depth from his perspective.

Some very nice turns of phrase and the love he has for his brother shines through from almost every page. As someone who was initially very skeptical about Jermaine writing a book about his brother, I can't deny I'm surprised and moved by a lot of what Jermaine says.

He also goes out of his way to try and explain and give depth to some of the "eccentricities" in Michael's life and about the extortion attempt in 1993 and the mess of the trial in 2005.
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Pease,anyone tempted to buy this,please do. This isn't Jermaine in any way cashing in on his brother's death,it's one brother writng about another with such love and meaning it's hard to put down.
This isn't just another book about the life and career of the brilliant entertainer that was MICHAEL JACKSON,it's a truely stunning honest book on what michael the person was like,from someone who knows,someone who was by his side for years throughout heartbreak,depseration,trauma and laughter. Jermains touching words of his memories paint a brilliant picture. Where as most books give us an outline of who MICHAEL was,this colours in that outline with all the necessary colours. As i'm sure many reviewers of this book will tell you,this book will make you smile,laugh,curse and cry. It takes you through so many emotions,it has a -this is how it is- feel,rather than a -this is how i believe it is-one,and what Jermaine doesn't know for certain he's not shy in admitting,but gives his honest theory. If you are thinking Jeramine might be using this as a cunning platform to sell his own music,you're wrong. Yes he mentions his career and songs but only to explain what was going on for everyone at that time. This gives you a real insight about THE JACKSON 5,THE JACKSONS,solo careers,MICHEL's surge in fame and the trill of performing aswell as what their father was and is really like and JERMAINE isn't shy in saying how he thought MICHAEL saw his dad differently than him. This also talks about those sordid cases that damaged MICAHEL's career and even his mind,stating things that i'm sure even a lot of fans didn't know and explaining how the media liked to leave certain things out of the stories doing the rounds at the time.
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I was determined not to buy this book because I dislike Jermaine Jackson and as a big admirer of Michael I did not want to put money in the pocket of someone who has done him several dis-services in the past. I then read all the glowing reviews and thought "Oh well maybe I have been wrong".

This book has nothing new in it, what it has is old stories with a different spin, i.e. a whitewash in most instances. The early days are related slightly differently from previous biographies, with all the family coming out looking good, he has even managed to exonerate Joe (Why he would want to do that God only knows). Anyone who watched the old mini-series - The Jacksons an American dream - will recognise the family history as related by Katherine Jackson to Margaret Monaldo. For instance we are asked to believe that Mother did not know that her very young impressionable sons were performing in sleazy strip joints until she found a nipple tassle amongst their things when they returned home one night - what sort of cheap club did she think they were performing in till 2am in the morning? He has even managed to make the eventual split between Mum and Dad sound totally amicable, there are court papers to prove that Katherine tried to divorce Joe on two occasions over the years, and no mention of Joh'Vonnie Jackson, she obviously does not constitute the family that he harps on interminably about. I won't relate all the unlikely scenarios presented by Jermaine, but reading the excuses for "Word to the badd" were laughable. Jermaine spouts on all the time about the strength of the family bonds, whilst admitting to an eight year gap when he did not see his brother Michael!
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When I got given this book because of my interest in Michael Jackson I didn't know what to think; I've seen Jermaine on TV promoting the book and in my honest opinion didn't think he was all there with his accusations on his death to name just a few of his wild claims. When I picked the book up to read the Prologue I was pleasantly surprised and found myself glued to the pages and not being able to put the book down.

What's interesting about how this book is written is its split into 3 parts; The beginning (The Early Years), The Middle (The Hayvenhurst Years) and The End (The Neverland Years). I really enjoyed this as it documents the various points in Michaels career from his school years up to his days rehearsing for This Is It.

What I will say, the beginning and a majority of the middle is very very thorough and really very interesting. I found that I was reading things about Michael Jackson I'd never read before and was interesting to read (i'll not give anything away!) The biggest negative of this book however, is that by his own admission, Michael distanced himself from his family in the 1980s and as a result some of the biggest chapters in MJs life are not covered in anywhere near the detail as the earlier parts of the book are. For example joining Motown and breaking into the industry took up around 40 pages of great memories and details about not just MJ but the family. The arrest if 2003 and subsequent trial took up a total of 19 pages; this was because Jermaine wasn't as bigger part of his brothers life in the later years. His own admission states that between 1984 - 1993 the family seen Michael no more than 8 times a year.

Having said that, this book really is a good read.
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