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Defending Michael Jackson: The Last Days of the King of Pop

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Defending Michael Jackson is the book the late superstar's fans have been waiting for: a compassionate look at the real life of the world's biggest, most controversial celebrity, as told by the two bodyguards who were with him constantly in his final two-and-a-half years.

When he met the plane of a "high-profile dignitary" at the Las Vegas airport, Bill Whitfield figured h
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Random House Canada
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Tina Hall
Jun 04, 2014 Tina Hall rated it did not like it
Prince, Paris & Blanket Jackson are betrayed & exploited in this book!

Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson - these bodyguards' clients - are all still minors, entitled to their privacy, and at especially sensitive ages to have to deal with yet more betrayal, inappropriate exposure, exploitation, and public scrutiny. They are VICTIMS of this book.
William Whitfield promised several times, via social media, that he would obtain the approval of Katherine Jackson before releasing his book for p
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Gary Depalma
Jun 05, 2014 Gary Depalma rated it did not like it
Conrad Murray's Supporters Are Now Lying About Their Relationship and Time With MJ
In the title of their book and elsewhere, Whitfield & Beard claim to have been with MJ "in his final days," whereas they had NO CONTACT with MJ during all of 2009 [he died on June 25, 2009] - in fact, no contact with him for 8 months before his death. [Documents & testimony from the Murray trial verify this time frame.]
These bodyguards have also misrepresented and lied about the amount of time that they w
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Tammy
May 21, 2014 Tammy rated it did not like it
BETRAYAL of MJ & his children!
Both of these bodyguards are violating their confidentiality contracts with Michael Jackson by releasing this book.
Both are violating required confidentiality regarding Prince, Paris, and Blanket - all MINORS.
MJ's young children are very vulnerable to betrayal, exploitation, and embarrassment. Paris attempted suicide in June 2013, partly because of painful media intrusion into her private life. The children's guardians have not approved these bodyguards' public
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Phyllis
Oct 29, 2014 Phyllis rated it did not like it
A very sad book for many reasons -- unauthorized by Michael Jackson, his Estate, and family -- it has no support from anyone who knew MJ. Fantasy material by derelict employees taking advantage of their deceased employer and his children for their financial gain and ego.
One star.

Susan
May 19, 2014 Susan rated it did not like it
Conrad Murray's staunchest supporters & more betrayal

These renegade bodyguards, William Whitfield and Javon Beard, went on Good Morning America on the first day of jury deliberations in Murray's criminal trial for having killed Michael Jackson. On national TV, they declared Murray's innocence and argued that he should not be convicted and not go to jail. That was Nov. 4, 2011, and their performance can be viewed on Hulu and the GMA website. How is that for betrayal of their deceased employer
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Brad
May 19, 2014 Brad rated it did not like it

Lies--
In the title of their book and elsewhere, Whitfield & Beard claim to have been with MJ "in his final days," whereas they had NO CONTACT with MJ during all of 2009 [he died on June 25, 2009] - in fact, no contact with him for 8 months before his death. [Documents & testimony from the Murray trial verify this time frame.]
These bodyguards have also misrepresented and lied about the amount of time that they were in service to Michael Jackson; they claim 2-1/2 years of service. They wer
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Stephanie
Oct 25, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it
NO ONE who knew Michael Jackson has approved of this book! Why is that? The only person who could corroborate these bodyguards' stories is the third bodyguard of their security team, Michael Garcia. Mr. Garcia has publicly disavowed this book, asserting that these "authors" have "disrespected" Michael Jackson and are solely motivated by money, at MJ's expense. Not a single Jackson family member [of dozens] or a single MJ friend [of hundreds] has verified the content of this unauthorized ...more
Katie
Mar 04, 2015 Katie rated it did not like it
Weak writing, too much arrogance and profanity, not believable, too many inaccuracies.
Tina Hall
May 18, 2015 Tina Hall rated it did not like it
False title. False advertising. These bodyguards were nowhere near MJ during the months before his death. How can anyone believe the contents of this book???
Traci
May 31, 2015 Traci rated it did not like it
There has been no retraction or correction(s) of the misrepresentations and untruths in this book by Weinstein Books or the authors in the more than one year of its availability. MJ deserves so much better than this! One star at best.
Casey
Jun 08, 2015 Casey rated it did not like it
The trouble with a book that presents lies and exaggerations as truth is that the reader does not know what to believe and what to dismiss as fodder meant to sell a book. The title is a lie, the book's description incorporates lies, and its advertising is untruthful also. Just how much of the content is truthful? One star!
Diamond
Jun 11, 2015 Diamond rated it did not like it
The authors are arrogant, patronizing, and self-promoting. They spend way too much time and space complaining about MJ's money -- a betrayal -- and about their "poor me" attitude regarding their own. They are bodyguards after all. They should be grateful to MJ for the many ways they have benefited from him ... including from their betrayal of him and his desire for privacy. One star.
Jr
Jun 22, 2015 Jr rated it did not like it
In their advertising of this book, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard have misrepresented their time and involvement with their mega-famous boss Michael Jackson. They were NOT with him while he prepared for "This Is It!" They were NOT with him when he lived in Los Angeles -- the last 8 months of his life -- because they were in Las Vegas. They were therefore NOT with him "in his final days" -- even the title of their book is a misrepresentation.
They are NOT the "only ones who know what really happen
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Fern
Jul 02, 2015 Fern rated it did not like it
A book without authorization and without integrity.
Mike
Jul 20, 2015 Mike rated it did not like it
Not a single endorsement!
Across nearly 18 months, this book has not received a single endorsement or voice of support from anyone who knew Michael Jackson. There is a reason for this! The book is not credible -- it has inaccuracies, wrong dates, misinformation, and confusing writing. The title and description of the book are misleading and untrue. One star.
Ann
Jul 12, 2015 Ann rated it did not like it
This book should be classified as fiction. Both the title and the advertising are untrue. How can the reader believe the content of the book when even its title and the authors' advertising are lies?
Linda
Jul 30, 2015 Linda rated it did not like it
There has been a lot of controversy related to this book. Whitfield and Beard have played fast and loose to get this book published. They are manipulators, opportunists, braggarts, and liars. Even the title of this book is misleading and their marketing is exaggeration and misrepresentation.
Kelly
Aug 08, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it
This book reads like fantasy material. The authors are self-aggrandizing -- very unpleasant!
Betty Anderson
Aug 23, 2015 Betty Anderson rated it did not like it
Really???? The title of this book is highly misleading, and the authors should not be allowed to lead readers into believing they had inside information on MJ's last days when, in reality, they had no contact with him for the 8 months leading up to his death. These bodyguards claim to know more than 60 million fans what happened to him. How? They were miles away and not involved in his life at the time. If they truly knew what had happened, they would surely not claim innocence on the part of ...more
Sonia
Sep 05, 2015 Sonia rated it did not like it
A book of betrayal, opportunism, and ego! The authors' incessant complaints -- envy! -- about MJ's money and their lack of money were disgusting. They were low-level employees and he was the biggest global superstar. They should feel mega-fortunate to have been in MJ's employ for a brief time. One star.
Karen Cobb
Oct 02, 2014 Karen Cobb rated it did not like it
One star!
Luke R.
Sep 06, 2015 Luke R. rated it did not like it
It’s easy to understand why this misleading, third-rate book about Michael Jackson hasn't been endorsed by ANY of his friends, family members, creative collaborators or professional associates. If those that knew Michael personally learned of the many distortions in “Remember the Time," It's likely that they would strongly object to its publication.

These bodyguards’ account of their interactions with Michael and his children comes across as both grandiose and egotistical. They spend way too much
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Tameka
Sep 17, 2015 Tameka rated it did not like it
Lack of substance for a book that is supposed to reflect nearly two years of time -- only 300 [or so] pages. Writing is weak; profane words are used too much; and the whining about their money problems by the bodyguards is inappropriate and distracting. One star.
Rosie
Sep 19, 2015 Rosie rated it did not like it
This is a self-aggrandizing book by two bodyguards and their hired writer. They posit that they were not paid appropriately while in the employ of Michael Jackson, so they apparently are trying to get money from betraying his confidences in this hastily contrived book. Reader beware!
Eva
Oct 03, 2015 Eva rated it did not like it
These men have an adolescent-type fixation on aspects of Michael Jackson's life. The major theme is related to MJ's money and their own alleged lack of money. The combination of self-pity and self-aggrandizement was an unpleasant mixture to me. I felt sorry for MJ throughout this book, not so much for the picture of him that these guys tried to portray ... but for his having employed them. They are now exploiting him after his tragic demise to get money and perhaps their "fifteen minutes of ...more
S.
Oct 12, 2015 S. rated it did not like it
There has been no media coverage of this book. That must mean that it lacks credibility. The authors had sought media support early on ... but unsuccessfully.
Carlos
Oct 27, 2015 Carlos rated it did not like it
This book's title and the authors' description and advertisements of the book are all MISLEADING.
Grace
Dec 21, 2015 Grace rated it did not like it
Amateurish writing; patronizing attitude toward Michael Jackson by the authors [unacceptable]; abrupt ending; some of the contents are untrue and misleading. One star.
Lacey Rumberger
Dec 28, 2015 Lacey Rumberger rated it did not like it
It's too bad that William Whitfield, Javon Beard, and Tanner Colby did not show respect for Michael Jackson by tempering their language and descriptions for a general, mainstream readership. Their use of obscene terms, including "f---" as various parts of speech [nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.], is inappropriate for a book about Michael Jackson, who always took the high road in his language and behavior. These "authors" either do not know better, don't care about their readers' sensitivities, or ...more
Josh
Jan 14, 2016 Josh rated it did not like it
Like a lot of other reviewers of this book, I did not find it credible. The authors' egos distracted from the majority of the content. Some dates and facts were plain wrong. One star for sure.
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