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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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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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a fresh perspective

I was not in Michael Jackson fan growing up. the more I learn about him as a person I realized I missed out on something great. this book has helped me realize even more what I have missed out on. I'm sorry I judged you Michael.

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I laughed, I cried and laugh and cried some more

I really enjoyed the book Jermaine jr. did agreat narration. I wished i read this when it first came out.

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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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Michael

I love the story.. And I miss Michael so much 😭😭😭😭😭 I love you Michael Joseph Jackson😘😘 you will always live on

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  • Crystal
  • Shreveport, LA United States
  • 03-13-14

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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  • Rebecca
  • ELIZABETH CITY, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
  • 02-13-12

Interesting inside look at Michael Jackson's life

What did you love best about You Are Not Alone?

I enjoyed learning the details about Michael's from a family member and learning about the real person not what the media portrayed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Jackson

What does Jermaine Jackson Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He knows the characters in the book and his voice is quite soothing. I haven't heard his voice since the miniseries and I was surprised. I think that he did a great job!!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

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wow!!

Very good story gives a whole different perspective to Michael Jackson a treasure for any life long fan.

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