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You Are Not Alone: Michael, Through a Brother’s Eyes Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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‘Memories are described with great intimacy and detail… 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
‘A heartfelt book.’ Huffington Post
‘Poignant… Convincing… an honest account.’ Daily Telegraph
‘[Jermaine argues his case about Michael] with patient conviction.’ Mail on Sunday
‘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
‘Offers a unique perspective on the world’s greatest entertainer.’ The Voice
‘It's a book of love.’ Barbara Walters, speaking on The View
‘A compelling read’ Piers Morgan
About the Author
Jermaine Jackson was an original member of the Jackson 5. Singer, record producer and composer, Jermaine has been widely perceived as the family’s spokesperson both before and after Michael’s death. He is the father to seven children and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Halima.
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I was not left disappointed at all, it is a fantastic read, I couldn't put the book down, I found stuff in this book that I never knew. It is a shame that there is gaps in the book throughout Michaels biggest years, but that is down to Jermaine & Michael and the family not really seeing each other, due to Michael distancing himself from them.
I loved the early years of the memories, some great stories.
The updated version, which is the 1 I bought has the trial written in it.
Overall this is a fantastic insight into the biggest star of all time, The King of Pop Mr Michael Jackson.
However, it did leave me with some reservations about Jermain and his sincerity in writing this book. As with other members of the family, the light that was Michael's talent and gifts needs to be relected on them, or they are in shadow.
I felt that his explanation of how he converted to Islam was not relevant to the story of his brother's life, nor did we need to know about his sexual triumphs which only served to expose him as an exploiter of female fans. I was also not impressed in the way he transported a wild animal around in a cage, keeping the creature in hotel rooms. If this was supposed to be the humerous element in the book, then I am afraid it failed miserably. It only served to show that if you have enough money and fame you can buy what ever you please. There was also some blatant advertising for a certain product which was certainly not relevant to the story line.
He attempts to portay himself as a life long protector of his brother, but there were obvious gaps during those years when he had little contact with Michael. His excuses and explanation for the lack of contact is not altogether convincing.
Perhaps that support was too little and arrived too late.
The book is aptly sub-titled "Through a Brother's Eyes" as this is Jermaine's view of both the early days and later times, when he feels he (and the other brothers) were excluded from Michael's life (whether at Michael's wish or those around him). As this is a subjective book, maybe some of the things he says are not quite as accurate as they could be, (For example he suggests that Michael had Conrad Murray flown in in mid June when he began to feel unwell, whereas we now know that Murray was acting as his personal physician from mid May.), and the reader should bear in mind that Jermaine and Michael didn't spend very much time together after the move from Mowtown. For that reason I feel that much of what he recounts is a bit sketchy, and possibly not first-hand.
However, that said, the overwhelming feeling I got from the book was one of love for his brother despite admitting that they had not always seen eye to eye. He expresses a loyalty and understanding of Michael, along with his eccentricities and problems, based mainly on their experiences as children, something no outsider could do with as much empathy.
The book is a warm and easy read - and well worth it.
Brilliant........thank you x
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