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A Good Read
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posted by JustMyTwoCents on June 13, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2011
Whenever a book comes out that is hyped the way this biography was, I tend to wait some time before reading it for myself. I'm glad I did. I didn't find anything in the book to be all that revealing. Tom Cruise is a perfectionist. He can be controlling. This is not surprising -- and, good or bad, those attributes have served him well in his career. Where Morton did come down heavy was on Scientology and his relationship with David Miscavage. However, the belief system doesn't much interest me--I was bored reading about it. I was surprised by the implications Morton made about Nicole Kidman's attitudes and behaviors as being significantly instrumental in the demise of their marriage. However, her post-divorce relationship with her children with Cruise got little ink. All in all, this was okay, but over-hyped.
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Posted February 2, 2009
FACT OR FICTION?
Well, pre-publication buzz doesn't get much juicier than that surrounding the latest bio by tell-all author Andrew Morton. Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology are rumored to be filing a 100 million dollar lawsuit, claiming the book is pure fiction. Andrew Morton counters with having to move out of his house fearing physical retribution. Such drama before we've even read or heard the first page! Recognized for his biographies of Princess Diana, Monica Lewinsky, and Madonna, Morton is known for leaving no stone unturned, no acquaintance uninterviewed and no rumor unpursued. He does this in spades with the Cruise biography, whether you give credence to his writing or not. Perhaps most interesting are the words of former Scientologists who aren't shy about revealing their dissatisfaction (to put it mildly) with the group. A damaging picture is painted of Scientology leader David Miscavige who is described as courting Cruise by inviting him to the group's secret hideaway. We hear that Cruise arrived late, 'He had missed a greeting as elaborate as it was incongruous. In the heart of the desert scrub, he was to have been taken to a swimming pool next to a $565,000 life-size replica of a three-masted schooner. In the tropically themed cabana, complete with parrots and other exotic birds, Miscavige and other senior Scientologists would have formed a welcoming committee.' We are also told that Miscavige once ran out into the desert armed with a submachine gun fearing that an enemy was approaching. While Scientology does play a major role in Morton's book, of course, he also explores Cruise's unhappy childhood, his marriages to Mimi Rogers (who introduced him to Scientology), Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. Relatively little space is devoted to his film career (3 Academy Award nomination and 3 Golden Globes), as Morton's quest was to reveal the actor's private side. Whether Morton's work is fact or fiction, it is certainly fascinating and ably read by John Hinch. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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