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 thisWhen 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....more
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 thingsOne 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....more
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 anI 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....more
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 andA 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....more
You gotta admit, nobody dislikes Sir David (perhaps except George Bush as Sir David was critical of him in regards of environmental issues). He's probYou gotta admit, nobody dislikes Sir David (perhaps except George Bush as Sir David was critical of him in regards of environmental issues). He's probably the most liked person in the world. And so is his book. It's interesting, humorous. All sorts of interactions with wild life and indigenous people. He brings you with him around the world in every reachable places in this book. You will find yourself laughing out loud and wouldn't want to put down the book.
He was said to be the person who travelled the most on our planet. With his never boring way of telling us things, of course the book is a must buy!...more
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 sI 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.
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-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-read it. Despite the fact that I was surrounded by loads of ppl......more
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 backgrouAs 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....more
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 wI 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....more