Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days

Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days

by David Ritz, Tavis Smiley

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A powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson's death.

Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost -- ultimately -- unable to live.

With the insight and compassion that he brought to his bestselling story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final year, Tavis Smiley provides a glimpse into the superstar's life in this emotional, honest, yet celebratory book. Readers will witness Jackson's campaign to recharge his career -- hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency -- while his one goal remained: to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen. Before You Judge Me is a humanizing look at Jackson's last days.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316259101
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 681,009
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tavis Smiley is the host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show.Smiley is also the bestselling author of 17 books. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

1 This Is It 5

2 Who Will Buy This Wonderful Feeling? 13

3 Stranger in Moscow 21

4 Demerol 35

5 Jehovah 45

6 Managerial Warfare 55

7 Spring 65

8 Father, Father 75

9 Managing Managers 87

10 More and Better 95

11 Interlude 103

12 April Fools' Day 109

13 Milk 119

14 Disappear into the Dance 127

15 Heat 139

16 Wordless 149

17 Vulnerable Today, Ruthless Tomorrow 159

18 Family Reunion 167

19 Elvis 175

20 Do or Die 185

21 How Did It Get So Late So Soon? 189

22 On the Good Ship Lollipop 197

23 Breaking News 207

24 "Give Me Your All - Your Endurance, Your Patience, Your Understanding" 215

25 June 25, 2009 221

26 Before You Judge Me 229

Afterword 239

Acknowledgments 245

Bibliography 247

Index 265

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