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Too many opinions and not enough facts
on 17 August 2011
Whilst aspects of this book are interesting, especially the earlier part, I felt the author relied too much on unsubstantiated hearsay from unrevealed sources. I would have preferred it if he had stuck to facts. This is yet another book purporting to "know" Michael Jackson. At times, the author came across as arrogant, patronising and opinionated. Some of his put-downs made him appear jealous of MJ.
He berates MJ for letting his Neverland staff go after the 2005 trial and yet, at the same time, states MJ was suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, thus demonstrating his own lack of understanding of this condition. Neverland harboured disturbing memories of police raids etc. Add to that attending court every day for months, having to listen to lies about his character, followed by the sensationalised, distorted reporting by a world-wide media without conscience or an interest in the truth - no wonder he couldn't face going back to Neverland, let alone staying in the country. For the sake of his own mental health he needed to distance himself from all the disturbing reminders of the dreadful ordeal he'd undergone.
Another example of Mr. T's lack of understanding with regard to PTSD is the anger he felt that MJ didn't try to revive his career after the trial - he wasn't a commodity without feelings but a human being who had undergone an intensely traumatic experience and was suffering after-effects. Mr. T. appears to think he should have carried on as if nothing had happened. He needed time to heal.
I also note Mr. T. has jumped on the bandwagon of those now claiming to be a "friend" of MJ. Unfortunately, MJ isn't here to tell us whether he considered him a friend, especially as he always said he had very few true friends whom he could trust. It's sad that MJ had to die before Mr. T. was able to feel any modicum of empathy for him.
For me, this book does not represent the "Whole Story". If you want to know the real Michael Jackson, read his own book "Dancing the Dream".