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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribe UK; UK edition edition (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1922247804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1922247803
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 2.4 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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These recollections not only help fill in some of the biographical gaps in Jackson s life but demonstrate with unflinching detail the real-life price of fame. --Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music: the creative life & work of Michael Jackson

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'To say it’s captivating is an understatement … The stories Whitfield and Beard relay are startling to read now, but they’re also highly amplified by what fantastic storytellers they are … The book is strictly a fly-on-the-wall account of everything they saw in the world surrounding Jackson during one of the least understood, shoddily documented, rumor-filled periods of his life … It’s a simple notion, fair, but it’s rare in the telling of anything related to the life of Michael Jackson. It’s a fair account of what they saw and what they felt while seeing it, an account that truly separates it from the rest.'

(Rembert Browne Grantland)

'[A] measured and compassionate account that succeeds in teasing apart the mocking tag of Wacko Jacko that dogged the singer performer ... In the end [Michael Jackson], far from being "invincible" ... was beyond salvation.'

(Thuy On The Age/Sun-Herald)

'Remember the Time foregoes sensationalism in favour of a sympathetic, but unsentimental examination of life behind the gates in Michael Jackson’s final years. Colby’s portrait ― told through conversational accounts by Jackson’s former bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard ― is by turns straightforward, humorous, absorbing and tragic. A single father facing enormous financial pressures and a vagabond existence while trying to find some peace and joy with his three young children, Jackson is revealed, not the as ‘freak show’ the media so often presented him, but as human. These recollections not only help fill in some of the biographical gaps in Jackson’s life but demonstrate with unflinching detail the real-life price of fame.

(Joseph Vogel, author of Man in the Music: the creative life & work of Michael Jackson)

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The third bodyguard from their Las Vegas team, Mike Garcia, has denounced Whitfield and Beard and distanced himself from them. On his Facebook page, Garcia posted:
"...The two other bodyguards I worked with ... are coming out with a book in conjunction with those that never had Mr. Jackson's best interest and stole from him. In the past years, I've been asked about the other two bodyguards and always remained silent. Now I can no longer do that.... Its the greed of just them two, and they care of only money.... For the record, I am NOT involved in their book and I'm in disbelief that they have sided with the ones who took advantage of Mr. Jackson. Just when I thought these two couldn't disrespect Mr. Jackson even more, they do it again. Sad and the karma, in the name of Mr. Jackson will come to ... both."
Food for thought.
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I'm not sure I understand why the authors classify this as some type of chronicle of MJ's last days? It seems that this book is at the very least part fiction. If you research the trial notes you will see that these 2 (previous) bodyguards admitted that they did not travel back to L.A with MJ so how could they possibly know what really happened? This is just a book written by more vultures wanting a piece of the pie. Shame on you!
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The description of the book seems to be somewhat misleading and may actually be a misrepresentation of what really happened during MJ's final days. I believe there are some questions to be asked about the true involvement of the men quoted in the book.
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This book is fast and loose with the truth.
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Remember The Time reads like a book that was written by formula. The material has been chosen and fashioned to sell books. It is presented to co-opt Michael Jackson fans, omitting coverage that would cause distress. Is that a bad thing? No, if it is honest rather than just manipulative and calculating. As someone else who has posted a review questioned, why is there not a single person who was affiliated with MJ who has endorsed or supported this book or even published a positive review using his/her name? No family member of MJ, no colleague, no relative, no collaborator, no friend, no associate, no employee has come forth to validate this book in any way. The only credible individual who has made a public statement about this book is the third bodyguard from the Las Vegas security group. Mike Garcia, who worked side-by-side with Whitfield and Beard, distanced himself from them early on, denied any connection to their book, and criticized their motives as greed and exploitation. According to Garcia, his two colleagues have "disrespected" Michael Jackson. However, they have seemingly done that in such a way as to ingratiate themselves with some MJ fans who are hungry to read something positive about him. Bottom line, by exposing MJ's private life and paradoxical details of his financial difficulties, they have provided roughage for the tabloids and the haters for months and years to come.
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The title and advertising of this book are deceptive. What else can be believed in this book?
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Poor writing-- low credibility.
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These men are just trying to extend their 15 minutes of fame at MJ's expense.
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