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Reviewed in the United States on November 21, If you read the ENTIRE book, including the introductory remarks, you learn that Michael and Rabbi Boteach made these tapes together with the express purpose of turning them into a book, so that Michael's motives and thought processes would be better understood by the outside ,ichael. Expressing frustration with the way Michael behaved at times -- behavior which ultimately led to his tragic early death -- is the mark of a friend: someone who loved Michael, got to know him personally, invited him into the bosom of his family, tried his hardest to help him, and feels a deep personal sense of loss rightly or wrongly for having failed in that effort.
See also my review on "Conspiracy" by Aphrodite Jones, about the trial. That is a blatantly unfair characterization.
I felt comforted throughout, and often read and re-read particularly poignant or enlightening passages. I've read widely and deeply about Michael, in books, magazines and on the Internet, and "The Michael Jackson Tapes" is one of mchael best.
At no point in this book, or in his interviews with the media, has he jaclson been less than authentic and respectful in sharing his experiences and recollections of his time with Michael. If Boteach has one failing, it's that he felt he could have, and should have, "saved" Michael. This was a shelved project that has now been brought to light.
If you are capable of accepting that Michael was a human being, flawed and imperfect, and in fact jackaon that about himself, then you probably will be moved and inspired by this book as I was. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.
The rabbi, from jacksno I could tell, had no training in working with people with addictions, who are notoriously difficult to reach. As a die-hard MJ fan, and a writer myself, I found the book to be thought provoking and well presented. Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries.
This isn't a case of someone "cashing in" on Michael's private thoughts, or his death, as some have suggested. In my opinion, the attacks on Rabbit Boteach here are unfounded, and quite frankly, deplorable. The timing was, unfortunately, not right for its release during Michael's lifetime, due to circumstances we all know and very capably explained by the author in the foreword.
I, for one, am glad of it.