The first thing I noticed about this book - Marilyn Monroe Private and Undisclosed - was how beautiful it looked. A big hardback, the presentation is excellent and you are really getting something for your money! The cover is beautiful, featuring a photo I had never seen before, and inside there are sections of photos throughout and you even get a hot pink bookmark to mark your page!
The content is really good too. The author Michelle Morgan has obviously researched this thoroughly, as you can tell by the list of people she has interviewed and the extensive list of sources used at the back.
She has managed to interview some people who have never recorded their thoughts on Marilyn before. Most significant here is Bill Purcell, who went out with Marilyn when she was Norma Jeane, a pretty but unknown teenager. His memories are lovely and he supplies some of the best photos in the book.
Many biographies of Marilyn Monroe are full of her image, her sensuality and the controversy surrounding her death, but Michelle Morgan's deals with the facts and presents them in a touching way. You can tell she is a fan and writes with love for Marilyn, unlike many biographers who just seem interested in the money they can make from Marilyn's name.
Marilyn Monroe Private and Undisclosed is a wonderful book and a must have for every fan.