The Michael Jackson Tapes by Shmuley Boteach
A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation

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In 2000–2001, Michael Jackson sat down with his close friend and spiritual guide, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, to record what turned out to be the most intimate and revealing conversations of his life. It was Michael’s wish to bare his soul and unburden himself to a public that he knew was deeply suspicious of him. The resulting thirty hours are the basis of The Michael Jackson Tapes. There has never been, and never will be, anything like them.

In these searingly honest conversations, Michael exposes his emotional pain and profound loneliness, his longing to be loved, and the emptiness of his fame. You discover why he was suspicious of women and how only children provided the innocence for which he so desperately longed.

In his own words, he takes us into the jarring moments of his childhood and speaks of the measures he took to try and heal. He divulges how he came to be alienated from his strong religious anchor and describes his views on the nature of faith. Michael brings us into his tortured yet loving relationship with his siblings. He opens up about his father and his yearning for a time when they might finally reconcile. He talks about his most personal friendships and shares with us his terror of growing old.

Despite his unprecedented fame and recent death, there remain unanswered questions about his life. The answers, presented here in The Michael Jackson Tapes, will both intrigue and move you. You will be surprised, riveted, and troubled as you peer into the soul of a tragic icon whose life is an American morality tale and whose flame was extinguished much too early.


About Shmuley Boteach

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RABBI SHMULEY BOTEACH is the host of a radio show on the "Oprah and Friends" XM Channel. The Rabbi of Oxford University for eleven years and the London Times Preacher of the Year 2000, Boteach is also the author of eighteen books and an award winning syndicated columnist.
Published September 22, 2009 by Vanguard Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The conversations outlined in The Michael Jackson Tapes came from a selection of recorded conversations in 2000-2001 between Jackson and Boteach.

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While Boteach does express admiration for Jackson and acknowledges his massive contribution to pop culture and music, Rabbi Boteach never slips into a sappy form of adoration, neither elevating Michael Jackson to a deity nor abasing him as Satan’s minion.

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