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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (95 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Cascio Narrator: Frank Cascio, Kevin T. Collins Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Everyone knows Michael Jackson—the myth. This is the revealing true story of Michael Jackson—the man.

To Frank Cascio, Michael Jackson was many things—second father, big brother, boss, mentor, and teacher, but most of all he was a friend. Though Cascio was just a few years old when he first met Jackson in 1984, at the peak of the pop star’s career, Jackson was at the center of his life for the next twenty-five years, allowing Cascio to observe firsthand the greatest entertainer the world had ever seen. In that time, he became the ultimate Michael Jackson insider, yet remained publicly silent about his experiences—until now. 

In My Friend Michael, Cascio refutes the rumors, lies, and accusations that have accumulated over the years, providing a candid look at the Michael Jackson he knew for more than two decades. Offering an uplifting and definitive account of the legend, Cascio details how he grew up alongside Jackson, traveling the world with him on concert tours and eventually working for him. Through this lens, Cascio captures Jackson’s most private and tumultuous moments, while also setting the record straight on the entertainer’s notorious and misunderstood lifestyle, from his Peter Pan reality and his sexuality to the false allegations against him.

As Cascio shows, there was a great deal more to Michael Jackson than the headlines about him have suggested. Cascio reveals his friend in all his complexity, bringing to light his passions and joys as well as his flaws and eccentricities. Including stories about Jackson that have never before been made public, Cascio creates a balanced, human look at the pop star, one that shows Jackson as the very real person he was, a lively friend with an endearingly juvenile sense of humor.

What emerges is a clear-eyed yet deeply respectful portrait of Jackson, a man who was at times unremarkably average but also terribly scarred by his life in the spotlight. Packed with new anecdotes and insights, My Friend Michael is a trove of Michael Jackson lore that both celebrates his life and redefines our understanding of the man behind the myth.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zoë Bleasdale | 9/6/2013

    " It was a good book, but I am just not sure what to make of it. After the whole fake songs thing, just got to wonder what is true and isn't in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn Bowerman | 1/2/2013

    " I love reading books about Michael Jackson because he was such a mysterious person. This book was good and I liked it but I felt like the author was writing the book to make himself sound good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine Reside | 11/6/2012

    " I enjoy anything about Michael Jackson and this book was no different, but I do have some reservations about some of the comments made by the author as fact. Of course, only he knows the truth as Michael is no longer with us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea | 4/7/2012

    " A fascinating look at the complicated life of Michael Jackson, this author knew him intimately from the age of five. The contradiction of Michael Jackson's musical brilliance, and conflicted psyche revealed that money does not always bring happiness and health. "

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