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An intimate, loving portrait of Michael Jackson—illuminating the private man like never before, offering unrivaled access into a rarefied world.

Jermaine Jackson—older than Michael by four years—offers a keenly observed and surprisingly candid memoir tracing Michael’s life, starting with their shared childhood and extending through the Jackson 5 years, Michael’s phenomenal solo career, his loves, his suffering, and his tragic end, which sparked worldwide grief. It is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred examination of the man, aimed at fostering a true and final understanding of who he was, why he was, and what shaped him.

Jermaine Jackson knew the real Michael Jackson like only a brother can. In this raw, honest, and poignant account, he reveals the Michael he knew so well and understood, perhaps better than anyone else—Michael the private person, not Michael "The King of Pop". The Michael he started out with in a tiny house at 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana. The brother, the son, the father, the complex—the unknown Michael.

Jermaine will not flinch from tackling the tough issues. He covers it all: the torrid press, the scandals, the allegations, the court cases, the internal politics, the ill-fated AEG tour. But where previous works have presented only thin versions of a media construct, Jermaine will provide a glimpse into the complex heart, mind, and soul of a genius but troubled entertainer. As Michael’s confidante—and a witness to history on the inside—Jermaine Jackson is the only person qualified to deliver the real Michael and reveal his innermost thoughts, opinions, and emotions through the most headline-making episodes of his life.

Filled with keen insight, rich in anecdotes and behind-the-scenes detail, You Are Not Alone is the book for any true Michael Jackson fan, and for anyone trying to make sense of the troubled artist whose tragic death was so premature.

©2011 Jermaine Jackson. All rights reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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Not credible

Narrator sounds like he should be doing horror or suspense. Jermaine is not credible. He makes statements like "many times I tried to see my brother at Neverland but those people wouldn't let me in". Those people were acting on your brother's orders. It was Michael who didn't want to see you. Jermaine presents a false version of events, as usual, throughout the book. The version that paints himself in the best light, as a loving brother who just wanted the best for Michael. In truth, Jermaine was resentful of Michael's success and thought it should of been himself that blew up.

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just okay....His bodyguards story was better

the bodyguards that were with him toward the end shared a closer version of events. Jermaine wasnt with him every day like they were.
My heart goes out to him because in the end he lost a brother.

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half biography / half research

Jermaine Jackson Sr does not read the book it's his oldest son Jermaine Jr ,doing the reading. He does not have the high pitch quiet voice that most people are use from the Jackson family, so that will take you back a bit. The beginning of the book is his years with the brother as the J-5 , which is informative and enjoyabe. The second half of the book is the last 20 years of his brother life, which is all research which is sad. Also Jermaine is the brother who is with the women who has children by both him and his younger brother Randy and that part of his life is not part of this book which is when the research is going on.. All other wives and girl friends are discussed. The reseach part you can find in any other Michael Jackson book on the table.

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excellent

As a long time Jackson fan it was nice to hear about Michael from someone close to him without the salacious headlines. I loved the personal stories. The narrator made it easy to listen to. His voice is very soothing. A touching memoir.

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Better Than Expected

I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan (even have a tattoo) and have read or listened to several books on MJ. I had this one on my wish list for quite a while before finally purchasing it. I have to say I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I do feel you have to take much of what Jermaine says from his own account with a grain of salt, as he paints himself in the best possible light and as a loving, faithful brother no matter what. I think there's more resentment there (some of it understandable) than he lets on. But having such direct insight into Michael's childhood life was pretty fascinating, and I enjoyed the early chapters quite a bit. Jermaine's account of "Word to the Badd" and the leaked lyrics was interesting and I'm glad he included the back story on that. It was obvious in the later chapters that Michael had distanced himself from much of his family by then and Jermaine didn't have as much firsthand knowledge. I still believe Jermaine sugarcoated some of his accounts to make himself look better, but overall, I'm glad to have experienced this book and will probably listen to it again at some point. Like others, I was taken aback by the narrator, Jermaine Jackson, Jr., because of his deep voice, and I genuinely wish that Jermaine Sr. had narrated it himself. It would've helped the book feel even more authentic. Other than that, though, I would recommend this book to MJ fans.

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With Love

I felt the love coming through this performance. The love and amends from Jermaine his brother and the love and kindness from Jermaine his nephew.
The theory was spot on. I and those I have been surrounded by know that his early demise was no accident (follow the money), yet it was a loving thing from God. For he could no longer endure the chaos his sweet soul was surrounded by.
Excellent on every level!! To Michael with Love

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good

good but very short. I wish the book went into more detail. Michael lived an amazing life with troubles only Jesus couldn't even handle.

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DEFINETLY WRITTEN FROM THE HEART

This was a wonderful listen. I can hear Jermaine in every word. What a loving tribute to his brothers memory. Initially I had to get used to the narrator. Although it was Jermaines son, he did not have the high pitched Jackson voice I was used to so I had to get over that. None the less you heard the sincerity in every word. Many questions answered. You were given just enough of the past w/o too much lingering. I'd listen again

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A MUST READ !

I cried about 20 times, tears are still in my eyes, as I just finished listening to Jermaine Jackson Jr.'s narration of this book. How perfect is that? What a close, beautiful family. Michael Jackson is 1000% innocent. He did more for humanity than any president or other world leader.
Shame on the music industry and most of the news for not paying more honor to such an artist while he was still alive! They have no empathy.
Even more shame on anyone who does not do their due diligence to investigate the truth about MJ's heart and character, but believe the media's lies.
This is a primary source you can't miss. It will answer every question you have about what happened to the King of Pop, and almost every question about why.
Thank you to Michael's brother, Jermaine, and MJ's family for being there for him ❤ always.

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From the inside

A great book. From the very inner circle's eyes. Different phases and truths of not only michael but the whole family.