4 out of 4 stars
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Even after more than a decade following the death of Michael Jackson, the king of pop still suffers new allegations of child abuse, especially with the release of the HBO two-part presentation called “Leaving Neverland.” With original researches, exclusive new interviews, Michael’s own words, and access to long-hidden files, the investigation of Bad by Dylan Howard throws light on what was undeniably the sad life of an increasingly lonely, self-destructive icon.
This book starts with a prologue that presents excerpts of a previously unseen video that featured the king of pop in an aggressive foul-mouthed role-playing session with young boys in his bed at a secluded resort. The author proceeds to give a comprehensive account of the life of Michael Jackson, including his successes and events that ultimately led to his downfall, from the start of his career with the Jackson 5 to his death and beyond. Was Michael Jackson a twisted-adult or just a man-child, stunned in bad-boy adolescence? This book provides an excellent reference that offers answers to the previous questions and much more.
Different accounts into the life of Michael Jackson have surfaced over the years and rightly so because of his legendary status coupled with the air of controversy associated with his private life. I am a massive fan of these sorts of accounts as they provide me a closer view of who he was, and that was why I picked up this book. I am glad that this book exceeded my expectations; it was like I had a front-row seat to see Michael’s life as a movie, allowing me the pleasure of being the judge of whether or not the allegations against Michael ultimately held any water.
I commend the author for the amount of research he must have put into this account. The testimonies of a lot of people that had first-hand information were included in this account, as well as pictures of several pages from the diary of Michael himself and the documents of the court cases against him. I verified most of the presented testimonies, and they all checked out. I also loved the number of pictures that were added in the text that showed some of the artworks that were drawn by the king of pop; I found them refreshing to see. In all these stories, I found one aspect of Michael Jackson to be consistent: his commitment to exceed his previous heights. It was a shame that, in the end, we never got to witness what would have been his most magnificent ever performance as a result of his death.
Although I found a few minor errors in reported speeches, which I can’t criticize, the editing seems like it is done professionally. For me, there was nothing to dislike about this book; it gave me a non-judgmental insight into the life of arguably the most talked-about person ever to grace the Earth. I, therefore, rate Bad 4 out of 4 stars, and I recommend it to people who are looking for a clearer picture of what transpired in the life of Michael Jackson. However, sensitive readers may want to skip this book because of the profane words used throughout the text.
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