Randy Taraborelli met Michael Jackson once, in a group setting with other members of the Jackson family, more than thirty years ago. He has inflated that one meeting into a claim of being a 'friend' and 'confidant'. He is neither, just a tabloid writer who is a bit more detailed than most. He presents as facts things he could not possibly know as he was not present when certain incidents occurred, and his sources include disgruntled ex-employees, including the proven thief Adrian McManus, whose account of the Neverland raid is totally bogus - she wasn't even there that day.
If you can skip this book, you should. Unfortunately an actual decent biography of Michael Jackson is yet to be written.
Careful when you read this. Much of it is not backed up by research or trustworthy sources. There is truth in here, but also a litter of tabloid junk. You're better off reading Moonwalker or Jermaine Jackson's You are not Alone. Another good source is the GQ article by Aphrodite Jones. Choose your info-givers wisely, as authors like this tend to botch the truth in order to sensationalize. Most books on MJ are only published by companies if the authors are willing to sensationalize things, or blatantly lie.
This is definately a book worth reading! From how his parents met to how he sadly passed away, this book tells the ENTIRE story of Michael Joseph Jackson. Legend, hero, icon, inspiration. This book will make you cry, and if you're a BIG fan, you will not be able to put it down. Even if you are not a fan, after reading this, you will become one. Almost guaranteed. It's all you need to know the real truth about Jackson's childhood, life, career, and sudden death, and how he changed the world.
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