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The King and Dr. Nick: What Really Happened to Elvis and Me

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

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    The King and Dr. Nick

    I just finished reading "The King and Dr. Nick" and overall thought it was ok. Dr. Nick was Elvis's doctor and he was watching over Elvis's health for his last 10 years. You get to see the side of Elvis that only family members and close friends see.

    Overall I was not wowed by this book, but it was still worth picking up and reading. I not really sure I liked the authors way of writing but I liked the story of the book. A really cool thing though was that Dr. Nick included pictures in the book, which I think is always a plus!

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    The King and Dr Nick

    The King and Dr. Nick is the story of Dr. George Nichopoulos' (Dr Nick) relationship with Elvis Presley. He was Elvis' doctor for the 10 years leading up to the death of the music superstar. The book gives a peek into the personal life of Elvis that only those closest to him have seen. It also tells about the court trial and media scrutiny the doctor faced after the untimely death of the singer.

    I was not alive when the events in this book took place, but I still enjoyed the book for the most part. Although I am not a huge Elvis fan, I've always been interested in celebrity lifestyle. I liked reading the personal stories that told about Elvis' generosity as well as his ego. It was also fun to look at the pictures peppered throughout the book. As the story turned to Dr Nick's trial, I found myself growing bored and the pages went by more slowly. This is certainly a must read for any real Elvis fan but others may not find it as interesting.

    ***I received a review copy of the reviewed book from the booksneeze program from Thomas Nelson***

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Knowing the Man

    This book is written by the man who was the main personal physician for Elvis the last 10 years of his life. He provides details of the day Elvis died, describes what daily life was like for Elvis as he performed, and the publicity and legal issues that came up after his death.He does this with very little bashing, and a lot of respect for most of the people he interacted with. He also has a love of Elvis.

    I may be too young for this book. I was 8 years old when Elvis died. My father shared his love of the man and his music, which I still have to this day. But there was never really discussion of any of the rumors or recurring publicity around his death and the possible use of drugs. That means the main premise of this book, to defend the legacy of Elvis, was not necessary for me. It is an interesting view of how hard Elvis worked, how seriously he took his performances, and some of the physical struggles he had.

    It also provides a look at the frustrating machinations of the media and the side-affects of political maneuvering. None of that has changed for the better.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    The King & Dr. Nick

    Since I am only 25 years old, I completely missed the Elvis era. I know his music and have heard about him from my mom and my grandma, but I didn't really know much about his personal life and death. I actually didn't even know was the controversy was concerning his death until I read this book! The basis of the book is Dr. Nichopoulos [Dr. Nick] has finally written his story about Elvis. He spent a decade with Elvis, traveling on his tours and treating him and his entourage as Elvis' personal physician. Two years after Elvis' death, controversy began over whether or not Dr. Nick was to blame for the death of the king of rock and roll. Since I didn't know much about Elvis to begin with, I was very intrigued by this book and really liked the story. It was interesting to hear a personal account of someone so close to Elvis!

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Fascinating and Tragic Story

    Disclaimer: I received the book The King and Dr. Nick from the Thomas Nelson Blogger Review Program in exchange for a review.

    I remember when Elvis Presley died, as well as all the hype and excitement afterward--tabloid headlines claiming he had died of drugs. The King and Dr. Nick, by George Nichopoulous, Elvis' personal doctor for ten years, describes the events that transpired before Elvis' death and the media frenzy that followed. It is oddly ironic that as this is being released, Michael Jackson's doctor is being charged in relation to the singer's death.

    I was expecting, just because of the subject, this to be a sensationalized expose on Elvis' death. Instead, it's a thoughtful recollection of a peek into a celebrity's life. Dr. Nick reports on the events in a factual and respectful way and doesn't ever cross the boundary into turning the story into a scandal. The most horrifying--and yet, not surprising--aspect for me was reading abut how the media wanted Elvis' death to be a scandal. They didn't like 'natural causes' as a cause of death, so they reshaped facts and used terms to make it look like everyone was covering it up. Elvin was larger than life, so his death needed to be more than ordinary 'natural causes.'

    A fascinating and tragic story.

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