When this book was published in 1988 I was only 11 years old. 20 years later I read this book, after the author has gone to heaven. I'm glad that this...moreWhen this book was published in 1988 I was only 11 years old. 20 years later I read this book, after the author has gone to heaven. I'm glad that this book exists. I'm glad that Michael eventually agreed for the book to be printed after a last minute hesitation about it.
I love the book. There're many photos of Michael himself and with the people he loved and adored. There's one picture of himself that he drew , which are precious for me, a big fan. On the hard cover, Michael's signature printed in gold. He had wanted the fans to feel like they owned a signed copy. That was a nice touch to the book, and a very sweet thought of Michael as always.
Those aside, Moonwalk let us know a little more of Michael's feelings and views. I said "a little" because I think he had reserves. He never like the idea of his life being exposed to everyone out there. The book offered him a chance to let the public know more about him but he never really went very deep of various things he talked about. I guess for someone whose privacy was literally non-existing, writing a book like this is already a big breakthrough.
I know Michael was talented, but the book let me know just how much more talented he was. He really was born to become a "King".
I had expected him to tell a bit more about Brooke Shield but it was just a one liner. But hey, who are we to say what he should or should not write in the book? He told of what he wouldn't mind for the public, for the fans to know. Everyone has that right. It is HIS book afterall.(less)
One of the most interesting books I've read. It's light, easy to read, and I was always unwilling to put the book down (when I need to do other things...moreOne of the most interesting books I've read. It's light, easy to read, and I was always unwilling to put the book down (when I need to do other things than reading) and eager to find out the author's next "adventure" (not exactly "adventure" but rather "experience"). Great book~ This is a must read for whoever that loves animal and nature, oh, and Africa.(less)
I finished the book with a heavy heart. It just shocked me so much, how blinded the DA prosecutor Tom Sneddon was by his vengeance, possibly racism an...moreI finished the book with a heavy heart. It just shocked me so much, how blinded the DA prosecutor Tom Sneddon was by his vengeance, possibly racism and prejudice against Michael Jackson. This child molest case, did not make sense at all. It is scary what people in power can do particularly when they have a prejudice against certain people. What about "innocent until proven guilty" huh?
The accusers' deposition changed all the time, and they said they've been molested but on the other hand the accusers' mother kept praising MJ. And the prosecutors went all out trying to put words in the defense witnesses' mouths that they've been molested by MJ. It was completely ridiculous. And it shocked me just as much, if not more, that the press picked and chose what to report about the trial, mostly negatives and also made things look negative when they were not.
It also shocked me how unsuspecting MJ was towards people around him. Perhaps because the accusers were children, children he helped and loved so much. NObody can understand how MJ felt, being betrayed by people he loved so much over and over again.
I thank the author for telling the truth about the case. But I think it will be a better read if she did not praise MJ that much. I do not disagree of what she praised about MJ. Just as Ms Jones described, MJ in my eyes, was "royalty", was amazing, almost "had an aura" around him. But so many praises would probably make people feel that the book is biased. It almost felt like it was written by an overzealous fan. In my opinion it will put off readers who already have prejudice against MJ. But if one can read it with an open heart, disregard the praises, look at the facts brought about by the defense lawyer (ironically, witnesses from prosecutors strengthened the arguments by the defense), you will see that this trial was a joke. A waste of tax payers' money.(less)
A very entertaining book. Tony Groom is very humorous. A great book for divers. He told about how he first joined the navy only to become a diver and...moreA very entertaining book. Tony Groom is very humorous. A great book for divers. He told about how he first joined the navy only to become a diver and nothing else. And then he went on war... After that being a commercial diver, saturation diver.. Basically his whole life is about diving!
The only thing I don't quite like is the part about the Falkland war. It's too long.. I know it's an important period of the writer's life (he survived!) but it's too long for my personal liking. However I totally respect the writer. It always amazed me what commercial or navy divers can do under the most extreme condition. I would recommend this book to every diver.(less)
As a huge fan on CSI and Bones, I expected a lot from this book. The book is rather interesting but I find it places too much emphasis on the backgrou...moreAs a huge fan on CSI and Bones, I expected a lot from this book. The book is rather interesting but I find it places too much emphasis on the background story of the victims/deceased. It says a lot more background details about soldiers who died in wars. I'd prefer if the author gives us more details of the forensic processes instead. Could it be the author thought it might be too boring for the readers? I wouldn't know. But I couldn't help feeling a bit of disappointment when I finished reading the book.
Nevertheless, I have absolute respect to the author, who only continued his study after several years of decadance and then went on to become one of the top forensic anthropologists in the country.(less)
I have the utmost respect for President Kagame. He not only brilliantly ended the war, stopped the genocide, and he brought development to Rwanda in s...moreI have the utmost respect for President Kagame. He not only brilliantly ended the war, stopped the genocide, and he brought development to Rwanda in such a short period of time. I can't help weeping reading parts of the book, especially when the book talked about how President Kagame pleaded the UN and the outside world for help, yet no one came running. And the helpless General Dallaire who also pleaded the UN but was not authorized to do anything whatsoever but to merely look on. And also how it affected his mental health after the genocide.
They said President Kagame is repressive towards the opposition. If I were President Kagame, I would do the same things. There's a huge difference between the mindsets of westerners and people like me, who were brought up in Malaysia, under the leadership of "authoritarian" Dr Mahathir. Authoritative as he was, he brought us peace and development. The same goes to Singapore under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. Most westerners would probably reject this idea, but I personally believe that in the case of Rwanda, there's even more need for authoritarianism. Anti-Tutsi feeling is not yet dead. Authoritarianism is required in order to prevent another genocide from happening. It would probably take another generation to safely allow more political freedom.
President Kagame despises foreigners who came telling him what Rwandans should or should not do. I feel for him. After reading the book, I have the same feeling towards those who kept their silence when the killings were happening, and came telling Rwandans what is right and what is wrong after President Kagame had stopped the genocide.
President Kagame's mindset is so different from most of the leaders in African countries where corruption is an everyday business. When I read about how disciplined his soldiers were, I could not help but admiring him. To me, he is like the Lee Kuan Yew of Rwanda. Africa needs more leaders like him.
The book talks from before the genocide to post-genocide rebuilding, development, justice, trials, reconciliation, and Rwandan's hope for the future. A very complete journal, a very good read for someone who wants to know how it(genocide) happened, why it happened and what went on after it ended. The book is very easy to read. There are some spelling errors here and there but no big deal.
A very disturbing true story that I feel everyone, every kids should read. War, is a horrendous thing. It kills lives, destroys homes, wipes out the g...moreA very disturbing true story that I feel everyone, every kids should read. War, is a horrendous thing. It kills lives, destroys homes, wipes out the glows in the eyes of the surviving people.. Ishmael's words are calm, quiet, almost nonchalant yet extremely powerful. I had tears in my eyes reading it. It was painful to read the book, it was painful to even imagine what he has gone through in the war. I'm glad he survived the war and has a better life now. There are still many, too many people suffering in wars all over the world. But one got out is better than none got out.
I read about the controversy surrounding this book (on the internet) half way reading it. It's up to people who and what to believe, even with evidence, just like Michael Jackson's trial. And I believe Ishmael Beah. I just do.
A link to Ishmael's words on the doubts of his experience in the war.
His story showed us the horror of war, but it also showed us the kind souls of the people in his country. The man who saw the injuries on the soles of Ishmael's feet and his friends', and without a word he went out and came back with grass that can help their injuries. The woman who saw them snatched corns from her son, offered each of them a piece of corn. I wish everyone is like them and there will be no war.
I gave the book a 4 star because it ended a little too abruptly. How did he get to US? Did the people in the Embassy helped him? How did Laura become his mum? I know in the book, it told that Laura and Ishmael got close with each other during the conference. But I would have like to know a little more detail after he got to US and stay with Laura. And perhaps a little about his life then when he was writing the book. Was he still being haunted by nightmares? Was he able to get a good night sleep? I'm just wondering...
I love this book. One of my top 3 favourite books. I would recommend to anyone. So heartbreaking. I shed tears uncontrollably in the train while I re-...moreI love this book. One of my top 3 favourite books. I would recommend to anyone. So heartbreaking. I shed tears uncontrollably in the train while I re-read it. Despite the fact that I was surrounded by loads of ppl...(less)
I always thought nature is such a fascinating world, Africa and the Amazon are two of those which are close to my heart. Most of us, would never have...moreI always thought nature is such a fascinating world, Africa and the Amazon are two of those which are close to my heart. Most of us, would never have the chance to step into the Amazon jungle. With Nick Gordon's book, I felt like I've been there, I've talked to the natives, I've seen the tarantulas, I've been through the dangerous encounters on the river, I've experienced the hardship of getting everything in order in the city before heading out filming in the jungle.
I really love this book. It's an eye opener. I was shocked and sad to know that Nick Gordon has passed away years ago. It's such a pity. May he rest in peace.(less)
I hesitated in buying this book because of some of the reviews. But I wanted to know more about Alex so I bought it anyway.
I didn't really like the w...moreI hesitated in buying this book because of some of the reviews. But I wanted to know more about Alex so I bought it anyway.
I didn't really like the writing style (kind of sloppy) of the author and the way she told the story. I find the book is interesting only because Alex was interesting. Alex was extremely intelligent and it was a pity and sad thing that he died young.
Not the best book about animals but acceptable.(less)