Michael Jackson

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 July, 2004, 12:00am

Michael Jackson

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

Pan $129

After more than 30 years of research, Randy Taraborrelli's biography goes some way towards disentangling Micheal Jackson the man from the enormous myth surrounding the pop star. The 665-page book offers hundreds of exclusive interviews with Jackson and those closest to him. It's a sympathetic portrait of Jackson as the beleaguered hero of a Greek tragedy, destined to make the same mistakes over again. Taraborrelli blames Jackson's misfortune on the star's arrogance and naivety when facing manipulative minders. The book is also crammed with anecdotes such as Jackson's meeting with Justin Timberlake, who brought along his then-girlfriend, Britney Spears. Jackson didn't want Spears to join them, and asked if she could just wait in the lobby downstairs.