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Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

fascinating and fair

This book is probably the only one which can claim not to be exploitimng MJ's death, because it was actually written before he died and on the presses at the time of the tragedy. The author quickly added a chapter, but the bulk of thebook is devoted to Halperin's invest...
This book is probably the only one which can claim not to be exploitimng MJ's death, because it was actually written before he died and on the presses at the time of the tragedy. The author quickly added a chapter, but the bulk of thebook is devoted to Halperin's investigation into the sexual molestation allegations. He concludes that Jackson was NOT a pedophile, offering loads of documents and never before seen evidence showing that his accusers were parasites out for Jackson's fortune. He spends time with Macaulay Culkin, Sean Lennon, and other of MJ's "special friends," including a number of girls. He paints an eye-opening portrait of Jackson's final years and tragic final weeks, demonstrating that it was the vultures who surrounded jackson and pressured him into the concerts that ended up killing him, whatever the autopsy results show. THe book is not entirely laudatory, it contains plenty of negative stuff as well, but overall it's very fair and objective and makes Jackson look like a flawed but great role model.

posted by MoonwalkerMJ on July 10, 2009

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25 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

MJ: The Lies and the Truth

Author Ian Halperin has recently pinned a book that is like reading the Ultimate MJ Encyclopedia of Tabloids: 2003-2009. While his investigation on the Trial was pretty interesting, it is other insinuations that are sickening and should not be speculated. One is the ins...
Author Ian Halperin has recently pinned a book that is like reading the Ultimate MJ Encyclopedia of Tabloids: 2003-2009. While his investigation on the Trial was pretty interesting, it is other insinuations that are sickening and should not be speculated. One is the insinuation that Michael was Homosexual, according to fictional "Romantic" sources and imaginative close "Confidants". Another is that he was a Nymphomaniac and often fantasized about sensationalized Celebrity Orgies. However, out of all of these one has been talked about for the last six months. That he was suffering from a rare lung disease that crippled his singing ability and his simple ability to talk.

Halperin himself has been waffling these days. In a blog he had written about Michael a couple of weeks ago he crudely joked that "Michael's camp has to clean his butthole for disease. It takes about 30 minutes to get all of the dirt out of there". Than suddenly Michael dies and Halperin claims to be a "Huge Michael fan and a fierce supporter".

I am a gossipy type of person, and I do like to read occassional gossip. This was entertaining only because of the fact that it was very intriguing. I know how to seperate fact and fiction and some of the fiction in this book had me laughing so hard.

However as stated earlier, Halperin's in depth investigation into the Trial was indeed the biggest high light of the book. He uses intricate and complesive styles that puts you in the middle and most of all into Michael's world. Halperin's "revelations" are interesting for the common-reader and it will grab your attention if your into National Enquirer.

I wouldn't suggest this book for Hardcore Jackson supporters simply because the gossip may anger you. However, if you would like to get a different perspective on Michael's lifestyle by all means read it.

I deeply suggest reading "The Magic and the Madness" by J. Randy Tarraborrelli another sensationalized, gossip book that is actually much more factual that this book. It puts you into Michael's world, a world that is always invaded by Cameras and malicious intent.

God Bless!

posted by ChaseStackton on July 11, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    UNMASKED

    THIS BOOK ALLOWS THE READER TO UNDERSTAND THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT MICHAEL HAD TO ENDURE. HOW HE WORKED AROUND SHARKS WHO WERE ALL OUT TO GET A PIECE OF HIM. AT TIMES I WANTED TO CRY MOST TIMES I WAS VERY ANGRY. GREED CAUSED THE DEATH OF THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME. THERE ARE NONE WHO COME CLOSE TO HIS TALENT. HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DIE. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT IN HIS DEATH THE MONEY MILL CONTINUES PERHAPS SURPASSSING WHAT IT WOULD HAD HE BEEN ALIVE

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2009

    Skeptical At First -- But Pleasantly Surprised

    I bought this book to try and gain some closure on some things regarding Michael Jackson. After I purchased it, I read some reviews online - the negative reviews clearly indicate that these people have not actually read the book and are assuming the worst- like I did. I was so happy to see Michael Jackson actually exonorated in this book. The author's original intent was to "expose" Michael Jackson in a negative light but through investigation, found that there was absolutely no evidence to support any guilt. Just the facts - the facts we weren't shown during his trials, because the coverage was dominated by tabloid headlines and tabloid news reports such as Hard Copy. For those of you who love Michael Jackson - read it. For those of you who had even the slightest doubt of his innocence - read it. And for those of you who judged him based on the incorrect information fed to us by the tabloids - read it. I read it cover to cover and I'd read it again and suggest anyone who has an opinion at all about the last years of Michael Jackson's life do the same. Come to your own conclusion - but do so after reading. I honestly think you will be pleasantly surprised. As for his gay encounters? Who cares whether he was straight or gay? All that info went through one ear and out the other as I feel what happens between two grown people is their business and not for us to judge.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    This was a very good book on MJ

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book as I thought some of the comments made by the author in tv interviews were negative about Michael Jackson but his book was not, he tried to stay very unbiased and presented the facts as he saw them. I recommend this to anyone that loved MJ.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Unmasked this book right alway!

    because in 2 things:

    1. Micheal was a ture legdan
    &
    2. He never told any lies about his health

    When I read that book, it tells about in late Dec of 2008, the writer Mr. Ian Halperin say that Micheal only have 15 months & 1 year to live. The next year after that Micheal was dead on June 25th of this year. He was a child monester that he never wanted to do in 2005 case that bourtgh the whole world in sock! Yes Micheal was one of my childhood idols for time & time being. I remeber Michael since like it was yesterday.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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