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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography | [Andrew Morton]

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Tom Cruise as the most powerful celebrity in the world. With three Golden Globe awards, three Academy Award nominations, and 27 films with an average box office gross of nearly $100 million, People magazine's choice for the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990 is unquestionably one of the biggest movie stars of our time.
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In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Tom Cruise as the most powerful celebrity in the world. With three Golden Globe awards, three Academy Award nominations, and 27 films with an average box office gross of nearly $100 million, People magazine's choice for the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1990 is unquestionably one of the biggest movie stars of our time.

He has also become one of the most controversial, for his outspoken championship of Scientology, for his criticism of Brooke Shields for turning to the "Nazi science" of psychiatry for help with postpartum depression, and for the time in 2005 when he jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes. But for all the headlines and the rumors swirling around him, the real Tom Cruise has remained surprisingly hidden: until now.

For two years, acclaimed investigative journalist Andrew Morton has been uncovering the true story of Tom Cruise: from his days as bullied "little Tommy Mapother", to his early stardom, to his romances, and his increasingly public involvement in the world of Scientology. With new sources and exclusive interviews, Morton brings us never-heard revelations about the private, sometimes shocking world of Tom Cruise.

©2008 Andrew Morton; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    Crusader Palm Springs, CA, United States 02-05-08
    Crusader Palm Springs, CA, United States 02-05-08 Member Since 2008
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    "An In-depth Analysis of Tom Cruise & Scientology!"

    Although I have idolized Tom Cruise for decades, and have even published numerous commentaries defending his antics over the years, I recommend that people take a look at this excellent biography.

    Presuming that Andrew Morton, his publisher, and attorneys did their homework, I learned many disturbing things about Cruise and Scientology for the first time. I also enjoyed many of the tidbits that Morton provides from at least one Cruise family member, teachers, girlfriends, and others.

    Although the book is very tough on both Cruise and Scientology, it is a must for any die-hard Cruise fan or anyone interested in getting the inside scoop about Scientology.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie McKelvey Dauphin, Manitoba Canada 03-20-08
    Debbie McKelvey Dauphin, Manitoba Canada 03-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Disapointing"

    I am a fan of Andrew Morton's and was looking forward to this book. The whole thing seems strangely uninteresting, and it never made me feel as though I learned anything about Tom Cruise. I thought the writing was disjointed. It doesn't even mention that Tom and Nicole were divorcing, and then all of the sudden mentions that they were divorced? Not worth the time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John P. 04-05-13
    John P. 04-05-13

    Retired RN with 28 years in the operating room. An nurse educator specialized in surgical lasers and high risk equipment. Married for 36 years to my wonderful wife and mother of 3 men. Still waiting on the grand babies! While waiting, love to read & listen to books. I am a HUGE FAN OF AUDIBLE. COM!

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am on the fence here. If the friend is a real fan of Cruise, then I would recommend it with a caveat that the book leaves much detail out. I would not recommend this book to someone who really doesn't care to know more about the actor.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Morton? Why or why not?

    No, not really. This book was mediocre, at best.


    What does John Hinch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is pretty amazing how sometimes you actually think you are listening to Tom Cruise, himself!


    Could you see Tom Cruise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, because the media has already covered this subject to the maximum!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very heavily weighted on Tom Cruise's childhood and upbringing. You don't learn that much about what is happening with him today, after his divorce to Kate Holmes. His current stature, other than generalities, in his church or cult, depending on your point of view. The book would have been much better if it had been a "authorized biography." But, it's not, and that's that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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