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
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.
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.
Actually going to get my money back. Andrew Morton should put down his pen. The story blames his wives quite a bit, whilst slapping Tom on the hand. I felt quite ripped off.
You learn NOTHING about Tom Cruise nothing
Book is just a sham.
I thought that it was presented very well. I've read so many different things how about Tom Cruise and his very controversial beliefs. And I feel this book that I've gained a great deal of knowledge about the man behind the smile. and it is very difficult assign the actor with this controlling and intimidating figure. But I believe it. furthermore I believe that mens endeavor power and acceptance can lead into dangerous religions and Colts. & I also believe that this is the case with Tom Cruise. but I also believe that it's nothing new and it'll lead to nothing as it always does. History has taught us that.
Let me first say. I am it a Tom Cruise fan. I think he an amazing actor. But as a person ahhhhh I think we don't see things the same way in life. It was an interesting insight to whom he is as an actor, friend and husband. Good read
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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.
No, not really. This book was mediocre, at best.
It is pretty amazing how sometimes you actually think you are listening to Tom Cruise, himself!
No, because the media has already covered this subject to the maximum!
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.
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