Before You Judge Me

Before You Judge Me : The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days

3.24 (296 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.24 (296 ratings by Goodreads)
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Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost - ultimately - unable to live.

With the insight and compassion that he brought to his bestselling telling of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final year, Tavis Smiley provides a glimpse into the superstar's life in this emotional, honest, yet celebratory book. Readers will witness Jackson's campaign to recharge his career - hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency - while his one goal remained: to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen.

BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME is a humanizing look at Jackson's last days.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 236 x 164 x 27mm | 498g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 8-pp b/w insert
  • 0316259098
  • 9780316259095
  • 1,314,559

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Praise for Before You Judge Me

"With compassion and unwavering empathy, Smiley weaves Jackson's music into the turmoil that enveloped the pop star...This heart-wrenching portrait of Jackson's experience will appeal to fans who wish to remember him for what he was: one of the world's greatest entertainers."-Tyler Hixson, Library Journal (starred)
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The authors delve through a wealth of research material to create a nearly day-by-day account of Jackson's last weeks, with occasional glimpses into his earlier life.... The most intriguing sections of the book unravel the complicated business relationships in which Jackson was involved, his attempts to separate himself from his parents and siblings, and his efforts to push his art further while his fans were demanding more of the same.--Kirkus Reviews
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About Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley s the host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show. Smiley is also the bestselling author of 17 books. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

David Ritz co-wrote Tavis Smiley's previous bestseller, Death of a King, and has collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and more.
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