The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation [NOOK Book]

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In 2000–2001, Michael Jackson sat down with his close friend and spiritual guide, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, to record what turned out to be the most intimate and revealing conversations of his life. It was Michael’s wish to bare his soul and unburden himself to a public that he knew was deeply suspicious of him. The resulting thirty hours are the basis of The Michael Jackson Tapes. There has never been, and never will be, anything like them.

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In 2000–2001, Michael Jackson sat down with his close friend and spiritual guide, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, to record what turned out to be the most intimate and revealing conversations of his life. It was Michael’s wish to bare his soul and unburden himself to a public that he knew was deeply suspicious of him. The resulting thirty hours are the basis of The Michael Jackson Tapes. There has never been, and never will be, anything like them.

In these searingly honest conversations, Michael exposes his emotional pain and profound loneliness, his longing to be loved, and the emptiness of his fame. You discover why he was suspicious of women and how only children provided the innocence for which he so desperately longed.

In his own words, he takes us into the jarring moments of his childhood and speaks of the measures he took to try and heal. He divulges how he came to be alienated from his strong religious anchor and describes his views on the nature of faith. Michael brings us into his tortured yet loving relationship with his siblings. He opens up about his father and his yearning for a time when they might finally reconcile. He talks about his most personal friendships and shares with us his terror of growing old.

Despite his unprecedented fame and recent death, there remain unanswered questions about his life. The answers, presented here in The Michael Jackson Tapes, will both intrigue and move you. You will be surprised, riveted, and troubled as you peer into the soul of a tragic icon whose life is an American morality tale and whose flame was extinguished much too early.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786751563
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 743,089
  • File size: 398 KB

Meet the Author

Shmuley Boteach

RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH is one of the world’s leading relationship experts and spiritual authorities. His twenty-one books have been bestsellers in seventeen languages, and his award-winning syndicated column is read by a global audience of millions. He is the host of TLC’s award-winning Shalom in the Home and was Oprah Winfrey’s love, marriage, and parenting expert on Oprah and Friends. He served for eleven years as rabbi at Oxford University, where he built the Oxford L’Chaim Society into the University’s second largest student organization. Today, Newsweek calls him the most famous rabbi in America. The winner of the highly prestigious London Times Preacher of the Year award, Rabbi Shmuley is also the recipient of the National Fatherhood Award and the American Jewish Press Association’s Highest Award for Excellence in Commentary. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Debbie, and their nine children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2009

    In my opinion this book was a total waste of money.

    I bought this book hoping to finally be able to really understand MJ. By hearing in his own words his thoughts and feelings and opinions. Instead I feel the Rabbi did to Michael in book form what Bashir did to Michael in his TV documentary. The Rabbi was constantly going back and fourth on the accusations made against Michael at one point saying he didn't believe them and then stating that he would never have left his kids alone with him. He constantly cut Michael off when he was answering his questions and a lot of Michael's answers were nothing more than an agreement to what the Rabbi said. I would truly love to hear the entire tapes without any editing on anyone's part. When Michael did answer questions the Rabbi then wrote his opinion of what he thought Michael said and I did not agree, most of the time, with the Rabbi's opinion. A lot of people talk to Michael and interview him. For once I would like to read or see an interview where they actually listen to what he's saying. I truly don't see what is so strange about a man loving children and wanting so badly to help all of them. I wish there were more like him in the world today. I would not consider myself a "fanatical fan" of Michael's, but I am a fan. He was more than just an entertainer, he was one the greatest humanitarians that ever lived. I also do not think it strange that Michael wanted to find the good that lies in all people, somewhere. I don't think God makes evil people. God makes people and they chose to be good or evil. I also think that even an evil person can be changed, if someone takes the time to talk to them and be honest with them. Look at Jeffrey Doamer (sp?). While in prison and member of the Church of Christ spent time with him and studied the bible with him and before he was killed, he did let God into his heart and was baptized. He was obviously a very evil person and he changed. I'm not saying that every evil one on the earth can be changed, but wouldn't be nice if someone tried? I've read a lot of books on Michael's life and this was by far the worse as far as being able to understand how Michael thought and felt. I feel the Rabbi did what he set out to do, not really telling you anything new and make a lot of money doing it.

    This is strictly my own opinion.

    26 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

    Don't Waste Your Money

    I must admit that I wasn't a fan of Michael Jackson, although I thought he was a great entertainer. However, my interest in him has been peaked since his death. The author purports to be a friend/confidant of Michael Jackson for a number of years. Can't come to that conclusion by reading this book! I bought this book on impulse, and upon completion of the book, I was saddened to know that Michael Jackson was a person who had so many sleezy people around him, wanting to make a quick buck, the rabbi being one of them. The book is more of an interpretation, written from the perspective of the Rabbi, in transcription format (a statement is attributed to MJ, and the Rabbi offers his interpretation). He doesn't allow you to come to your own conclusions; he does it for you. I'm even beginning to believe that all that is written as a 'transcription' ISN'T truth, other than the short selected recordings broadcast by the media. He released a book, not the actually tapes. Tell you what....I wouldn't go to his synagogue because if you tell him something in confidence, he might publish it! Suffice it to say, this rabbi gives Jewish rabbis across the country a negative image, 'a bad name.' How unfortunate for the Rabbis who are trying to do good and guide and direct people of the Jewish faith. It's quite disturbing to me, and I am writing this so that others won't support this kind of behavior. It's unethical! If you want to learn how to be an opportunist,take a page out of Rabbi Shmuck Leech's life. He's a pro! This book was such a waste of my money and time. Don't buy this book! Very sad, very sad for the leadership of the Jewish population. I don't usually write reviews, but this is not a very good book, and you will only make an opportunist rich. If you do buy it, you will probably feel violated upon completion of the book.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

    MJ's Life

    First, I'd like to say to anyone reading this, you have to make up your own mind about reading this book. It's totally up to you. I respect everyone's comments about it good and bad but I don't think Rabbi Schmuley was intending on dragging Michael's name through the mud. I've almost finished reading the book and it is very, very difficult to read. I say that only because you can feel Michael's pain just from the words. I don't agree with some of the Rabbi's commentary but I did listen to Michael's words, not the Rabbi's but Michael's. And it's truly sad.

    The one thing I hope everyone can take from this book is the fact that Michael was human. He was a huge, megastar but one of the loneliest people in the world. I wished he had the chance to deal with all the childhood problems he had. They were inside eating away at him. HE ALSO HAD A PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION THAT NO ONE WANTS TO DEAL WITH!!! I'm so sick and tired of seeing these beautiful, bright and talented people DIE from prescription drug overdoses in Hollywood. His death should be the last straw with not only individuals getting away with taking these drugs but also the doctors who prescribe them. Is anyone going to do anything about it?

    I soooo wish he were still alive...I really do. But I know for a fact that God is taking care of his Beloved soul. For if it were not so, he would not have shown me. Peace and Love Michael.

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Just another expose

    It is indeed sad that this brilliant artist's life ended so soon. It is also indeed sad that as respectful and humble as he was, no one thought life worthy enough to help Michael Jackson fight his addiction and heal his troubled soul. No one would put aside their hurt egos and busy lifestyles long enough to help a brother, friend, patient, child of God.

    I, like the few who purchased this book to date, after having enough of reading the incredible news stories wanted to "hear it from the horse's mouth" some hint in his own words that would prove to me at what point Michael's life was spiraling out of control. What was the true cause of all this sadness in such a beautiful brother. When did we fail this extremely talented and giving soul. After reading this book.I guess we'll never know.

    I confess, as I turned the pages, my mind became suspicious about how quickly this 300-page book was produced in the two months following Michael's death. I could almost picture Dictaphone tapes from 2003 sitting in a safe or closet being dusted off and pages upon pages being churned out to meet some sort of deadline.

    I find disturbing that the author writes that Michael was ".perhaps guilty of serious, terrible sins for which there might not be any redemption." It is unclear whether he is inferring that the molestation charges were true; and if he is, he contradicts this thought when on earlier pages he defends Michael since having been at the very stage where it all began.

    Another query, was when he encouraged Michael to call his father on a cell phone to forgive him for the abuse before Michael was to give a speech (written by the Rabbi) about forgiving your parents - instead of arranging quality time for both men to engage in a normal exchange which could have provided the opportunity for both men to come to terms with that time in their lives. A cell phone call just to say "I forgive you" does not constitute reconciliation - it does not mean a problem solved. Having Michael call his father minutes before a talk was indeed about validating a speech and not about helping a man reconcile with the pain that probably was instrumental in causing him so much suffering.

    The chapter, "The End of Our Relationship", leaves this reader wondering why a spiritual advisor would believe any child of God was "beyond redemption". This was his reason for severing ties with Michael. Especially at the point where Michael was sending a cry for help after their falling out. The Rabbi writes, "Was he not the friend who, after I had invested two years of my life into helping him rehabilitate his, treated me as if I were a nuisance." To this reader, that comment screams, he betrayed me! He wasted my time. I had to dismiss him from my life. That does not tell me the Rabbi was committed to "spreading the Glory of God" nor does his actions make it apparent that he truly understood what reconciliation meant.

    As Michael's spiritual advisor, he should have acted as such.It is written in Matthew 18:12-14, "If a man has a 100 sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won't he leave the 99 others and go out to search for the lost one? And if he finds it, he will rejoice over it more than over the 99 others safe at home? Just so, it is not my Father's will that even one of these little ones should perish." As a shepherd, you cannot rejoice - Michael is lost.

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    SHAME ON YOU SHMULEY

    I am so sorry to have purchased this book and contribute to the profit of this so called man of God. I cannot believe that MJ intended these tapes to be published. What bothers me the most is the lack of caring and compassion this Rabbi had for MJ. If everything is true in the book, then the Rabbi truly betrayed him. When MJ's advisors told the Rabbi that MJ was too big of a star to continue doing what he was doing, the Rabbi should have stayed close to MJ more than ever. The Rabbi showed to be an arrogant SOB who did not care for MJ. MJ tried to reach out to him twice and the almighty decided to decline. MJ invited him to a concert, but the Rabbi was not going to attend as another "fan." At the times of trouble is when one realizes who is a friend and the Rabbi was no friend.

    Do not hide pretending you are a man of God Shmuley. YOU should listen to MJ'S song "Man in the Mirror" and take a good look at yourself. You are profiting from a man you denied your friendship and your help. Get off your high horse, and stop judging a man whose soul really was and is in a higher place than yours. To question whether MJ had reached the heavens next to God is truly despicable. You are not a man of God; you are an arrogant, selfish, uncompassionate, abuser.... yes, you abused MJ's friendship, you wanted Michael to follow you and when he did not, your pride was stronger than your desire and really your obligation as the man you proclaim to be to help him. shame on you, ordinary man.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2009

    I would like a refund

    The thing about this book is that Shmuley tried to tell some about his other books that he wrote and a few times says how you should go buy the other books that he has written. I didnt mind this book but the way he makes it sound is he is going to have another book come out about these tapes also. I wonder how much is truth and how much is Shmuley's views. He could have just put the conversations on the book but there is more of Shmuley's views than of Michael's views. Not to mention the first 58 pages are all Shmuley talking. I understand that you need to explain how you met each other but really 58 pages come on. If you ask me Michael may at one time have wanted these views out but when the two of them had the falling out that they had I think that Michael changed his mind. Also it is kinda strange that he comes out with it after Michaels burial. I would think that if he was a true friend he would have shown the family the part about where he wanted to be buried. I dont think that Shmuley is Michaels friend at all because he is making a profit off of poor Michael.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

    Boycott Shmuley's Book

    " We, the worldwide fan community who love, respect and honour Michael Jackson are united in our defiance of Shmuley's act of betrayal. We do not support this book in any way. It is a total violation of Michael's right to privacy and we believe the publication of the content of these tapes to be a breach of the trust Michael placed in Shmuley. We, the worldwide fan community will not join Shmuley in his betrayal and we will not help him profit from his deception of Michael. Not only will we not buy the book, we also send a clear message to all others who seek to attack the truth, beauty and integrity of Michael's memory. This statement is a declaration of our intent. We, as a community will not support or tolerate any such attacks, but will actively protect Michael's legacy and rights - not only for Michael and his children who survive him, but for all of us who choose to honour what Michael achieved, endured and gave here. He lives whenever and wherever he is remembered. And we choose to remember him with love. "

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Dastardly & Despicable!

    I was going to buy this book. I was EAGERLY awaiting it's release until I saw the "Rabbi" on TV making those awful comments about someone he once called friend. I was floored! I'm hoping on some level Boteach now regrets what he's done. One thing rings true about Michael, he was too too trusting of people and this is one individual he shouldn't have trusted. When the relationship between he and Boteach dissolved, Boteach should have never EVER thought more about disclosing these taped conversations. He should have destroyed these tapes, but noooooo, he holds on to them and three months after Michael's death sets out to fatten his pocket and discredit Michael's good name. There are no other words to describe Boteach or his actions except these two: dastardly and despicable!!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    Don't Even Bother

    This is another book that exploits Michael Jackson. I wouldn't even give it one star but that's not possible with this rating system.

    If he was Michael's friend....he need not have written this book at all. He turned his back on 'his friend' when he needed him most. So, the Rabbi doesn't really know the true meaning for Friendship!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Read Michael's Words; Ignore Shmuley's Comments

    It is unclear to me if this book was intended to be about Michael Jackson, or if this was to be Rabbi Boteach's critique of our celebrity-obsessed culture, using Michael Jackson as the poster boy for the evils of fame. His commentary overall is self-serving and self-aggrandizing; you get the sense that Boteach felt he was the only person who could have saved Jackson, if only Jackson had taken his advice. Boteach's views are framed within the rigid and narrow confines of his personal religious tradition, and it is clear to me that he became increasingly frustrated that Jackson would not allow himself to be molded into the Rabbi's idea of life as it should be lived. According to Boteach, Jackson's problems could have been solved had he stayed with his Jehovah's Witness church and had a stable happy marriage. If only life were so simple.

    Boteach's ambivalence about Jackson's innocence with regard to the child molestation controversies is particularly troublesome. He states that he never saw or experienced any questionable behavior during his time with Jackson (Boteach and his family stayed at Neverland at the same time the Arvizos were there, and states that Jackson was not present most of the time and when he was, he never engaged in any behavior that would have given Boteach pause), but he also expresses his doubts in some cleverly veiled ways. For someone who professes to have been Jackson's spiritual advisor and who spent time with him, Boteach's reluctance about defending Jackson strikes me as odd. Boteach flip-flops in vague terms any time the issue comes up, and it is maddening.

    In the last chapter, Boteach makes his diagnosis of what led Jackson to his downward trajectory, based on conversations that are almost a decade old. This is a great disservice to Jackson. An example of Boteach's harshness toward Jackson is exemplified in his deplorable comparison of Jackson to JRR Tolkien's 'Gollum' in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and fame as his Precious, stating that "Michael Jackson tragically became the Gollum of the modern age, a desiccated and disfigured incubus . . . Michael held tenaciously onto his . . . fame, even as he so eloquently articulated its toxic effects" (p. 272). Considering that Jackson hadn't performed in over ten years and led a fairly quiet life (excepting the ever-present paparazzi who hounded him), I'm not sure how 'tenaciously' Jackson was holding onto anything other than his home life with his children and his sanity. After reading this book, it is clear to me that Boteach came to these discussions with an agenda and did not listen to, nor understand, what Jackson said to him.

    If there is a redeeming feature of this book, it is Michael's own words. He opens up about his childhood, religion, romance and women, his marriages, show business, fame, his children and also reveals his depth of knowledge when it came to history, art and music. I enjoyed reading his words and I feel that I gained at least a partial understanding of who Michael Jackson was. It would have been better if these tapes were released as CDs so we could listen for ourselves, minus Boteach's commentary.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

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    Heartbreaking for the true Michael Jackson Fan!!

    Oh the web we weave! I found this book to be the most upsetting (to date), that i have had the misforture to encounter. Having an opinion of how I view a true man of God to be I felt the Rabbi Shmuley fell hard and fast from grace with this mockery. Friends as the Rabbi claimed to be with Michael do not treat someone as special as Michael that way and considering the fact that the subject of his book is no longer here to speak for himself. Other then the actual taped accounts (which the Rabbi controlled totally), I found the book to be quite disturbing with many inaccuracies, the afterword and the dedication of the book were equally disturbing to me. I believe had Michael Jackson lived this book would never have gone to print, what will be the hardest for me is the mental picture of Michael trusting his fair weather friend, therefore the only correct and considerate thing to do at this time Rabbi Shmuley, is to donate the proceeds of this farce to Michael's "Heal the World" charity.
    In closing I wish to express my regret at purchasing this book, reading it and supplementing your income Rabbi Shmuley, please forgive me Michael.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

    SHAME ON YOU RABBID SHMULEY BOTEACH

    unfortunately i had to give a rating of one star they do not have negative stars to pick from. this rabbi shmuley boteach picked certain words from michaels tapes and doctored them to write a book. shame on you rabid shmally. and shame on me for reading this book, thank god i did not buy it and put a few more bucks into rabbit shmoles pocket.
    i am sure when michael was doing this interview on tape that he trusted you to print the truth from those tapes into a book. not for you to take his words and get advice from the devil on how they should be put down in print so that you could stuff your pockets with his (michaels) hard earned cash.
    ONCE AGAIN, SHAME ON YOU SHMULEY!!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2009

    What a HUGE disapointment

    I know that so many of us loved and cared for Michael Jackson. This book seems like it would be a good way to get close to him, because it talks about his personal thoughts, emotions and feelings. BUT....I do not receommend that anyone who is a true Michael Jackson fan buy this book. The "Rabbi" is no different than a certain reporter (Living with Michael Jackson) who was at the heart of Michaels's downfall. The Rabbi spends the entire book trying to entice Michael into answering his questions a certain way. One minute he is praising him to get him to answer a question, and the next thing you know there are all these inserts in between the paragraphs criticizing Michael Jackson for the answers that the Rabbi enticed him into in the first place. It sickens me to think that this man is making money off of this book. And if he was such "good friends" with him, why hasn't he spoken to him in ten years, and why did Michael have him on his list of people that he had asked his security detail to keep away from him. The other day I actually saw the "Good Rabbi" hooking up with Jon from Jon and Kate plus 8 on CNN. You cannot tell me that this man is not trying to capitalize off of his long gone realtionship with Michael or any other celebrity that he can sink his claws into. I hope that Michael's fans stand true and do not give this man a penny for his book. The further I got into this book....the madder I became. I actually decided to skip the last few chapters all together because I got so tired of hearing his insults.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

    UNDERSTANDING

    The only interesting point is Michael's actual words. Shmuleys' remarks do not convince and I wonder if his comments would have been the same, should Michael still lived. I feel compassion for Michael, as one of God's creatures, and judging him is God's job, not ours. Shmuley definitely could not understand Michael's life. A shame.... María (Spain)

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

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    HEAR MJ'S TAPES

    I CAN'T FIND IN MY HEART THE WORDS TO EXPLAIN HOW IT HURTS DAILY. HOW I WANT MICHAEL TO BE HERE TO SEE ALL THE WORLDS LOVE FOR HIM. HOW LOST WE ARE NOW THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO TOUCH HIM, TO SEE HIM EVER AGAIN! HOW SURE WE WERE, TO "KNOW" HE IS HERE, TO EXPECT HIM TO ALWAYS BE HERE. JUST LIKE WE EXPECT OUR MOTHER AND FATHER TO ALWAYS BE HERE, NEVER TO DIE AND NEVER LEAVE US. "OUR PARENTS CAN'T DIE, THEY WILL LIVE FOREVER!" ISN'T THIS WHAT ALL OF US WANT TO BELIEVE? "OUR MICHAEL CAN'T DIE, HE WILL LIVE FOREVER!" THIS PUTS IT ALL IN PERSPECTIVE HOW STRONG OUR LOVE IS FOR HIM. THIS IS THE HURT I HAVE DAILY. THAT MICHAEL HURT DAILY AND WE DIDN'T SEE IT AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHY!! THAT WE SHOULD HAVE SHOWED OUR LOVE AND FAITH IN HIM AND BELIEVE IN HIM AND STAND BY HIM WHILE HE WAS HERE. I CAN'T EVEN TRY TO IMAGINE HOW HE MUST HAVE FELT, THE PAIN HE FELT WHEN WE TURNED OUR BACKS TO HIM! AFTER HE GAVE HIS WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE TO US!! IT HURTS WHEN I THINK OF HOW GOD MUST HAVE FELT FOR US TO HAVE TURNED OUR BACKS TO HIM!! AFTER HE GAVE US HIS ONLY SON!! AFTER HE GAVE US ONE OF HIS ANGLES, MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON!! A CLOSE FRIEND OF MICHAEL SAID, "WE ARE OUT OF OUR JOY, HE IS OUT OF HIS PAIN!!!" I HAD TO SAY THIS!! NOW, ABOUT THE BOOK. I HAVE NOT BOUGHT OR READ THIS BOOK YET BUT I WILL. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHMULEY BOTEACH DOESN'T SELL COPIES OF THE TAPES THEMSELVES SO WE CAN "HEAR" MICHAEL IN HIS OWN WORDS. THIS WOULD BE MUCH BETTER AS I'M SURE EVERYONE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR HIS VOICE AGAIN.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Don't support this man!!!

    Boteach is a liar who has swindled money from MJ and now waits until after MJ has died to release these tapes/transcripts. Their friendship didn't end because of MJ's supposed drug use, it was because Boteach was stealing money from the foundation they had started together, something Boteach had done previously with another charity.

    As someone who is supposed to be a Rabbi, Boteach should've have known releasing these tapes is a huge violation of the trust MJ gave him, but then again most people MJ surrounded himself has done this.

    Despite what Boteach says, if Michael had really intended for these tapes to be released they would've have been when he was still alive. This was just another excuse for a lowdown human being to cash in on MJ's name. Boteach is a lying devil who hides behind the title of Rabbi. Don't waste your time on this crap. If you really must read it, then get the free download and don't put money in this moron's pocket.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2009

    A bit Boring...

    I decided to read The Michael Jackson tapes after seeing Meredith Viera and Smuley Botech on Dateline lsst week. I wasn't sure of what to expect but here are my observations:

    1) In the preface, Smuley says that he wasn't expecting to be so upset over MJJ's death. Through his words, Smuley conveys intense anger toward Michael jackson, but it isn't clear what Michael had done to Smuley that would produce such indifference and anger.

    2) I never thought that Michael was gay, and Smuley and Michael's words prove it. I was a bit taken aback by Michael's anti-woman attitudes. Michael seemed to think very little of women. Michael seemed to think women possessed unspeakable power over men through the use of their vaginas. I guess that explains why MJJ spent countless hours looking at naked vaginas via pornography. Michael's arrogance toward women who liked him was a big turnoff. He seemed to think that no woman was good enough for him. I also wonder why Michael insisted on lying about his liasions and love for Brooke Shields and Tatum O'Neal. Both women deny anything more than friendship with Michael and I believe them. Conversely, it's a known fact that Michael had relationships with other women but he never mentions them.

    5) The only thing new i MJJ's clear conflictedness about the actual sex act. I can see why he was so tortured: A man who was clearly fascinated by women and sex (via pornography), but who distanced himself from women to such a great extent.

    3) Joe Jackson's abuse and humiliation of Michael is heartbreaking. Why on earth would you treat your own child with such cruelty and disdain?

    4) The book was actually a bit boring as Michael pretty much covered the same topics that have been covered for years.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    The Michael Jackson Tapes

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach adamantly states in the beginning how it was Michael's wish to put these conversations in a book so people could get to really know who he was. It caused Michael great pain that people thought ill of him. So this book should have been more about Michael than Rabbi Shmuley. For me it did not read that way. The more I got into the book the more it was evident that Shmuley was using this book as a platform to promote his ideas and agendas and to show that Michael was a tragic soul who was just a shallow celebrity figure. I felt Shmuley took liberties to go beyond what Michael would have wanted to say because he is no longer here to defend himself. By the end of the book Shmuley became very critical of most everything Michael did because of his celebrity status. Michael was an entertainer. That was his occupation. He was driven to become the very best at what he did. This is no different than a heart surgeon studying and learning how to be the very best heart surgeon.
    I felt it was Shmuley who lost his way in this book, not Michael. When you read through the conversations, Michael states clearly what he meant and felt on any of the issues presented. What Michael says in this book is consistent with what he has said at other times in his life. It is disappointing that Shmuley interjected so much of his own interpretations. Michael stated his thoughts so clearly very little interpretation was needed.
    The reader has to wait until the very end of the book, just before the acknowledgments, to understand the real message Michael Jackson wanted to tell the world. That message has to do with reading with your children, eating lunch and dinners together, taking them places and knowing that children are our greatest blessings and the brightest lights in our lives. I hope people read all the way through to the end so they can get that message too.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    Michael Jackson

    This book is Fantastic. It shows how Michael Jackson really feels about
    things in his life. It shows that Michael Jackson was a down to earth
    person with a lot of pain thru his life.
    A must read for any Michael Jackson Fan
    You wont be disappointed.
    MJFANFOREVER

    5 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    violation of privacy rights

    This book reveals "confidential' sessions between Mr. Jackson & the author who was a former advisor to Michael Jackson.
    There are very twisted distortions of Michael in parts and evaluations which are assumptions of opinion.
    Schmuley shows to be a manipulative person and just another who tries to capitalize off of the fame of MJ.
    It is dishonorable and deceitful to divulge any information regarding professional sessions for which this "man" was also highly paid.
    Another wrong # who Michael trusted.

    Obviously, the author, who dares call himself a Rabbi, took full advantage of Michael Jackson's passing for his self-serving purposes.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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