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Traces the tragic life of film star Marilyn Monroe, examines the circumstances surrounding her death, and discusses her connection with the Kennedys

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Summers claims to have interviewed more than 600 people in the course of writing this book, and the effort shows in this exhaustiveand exhausting biography. Overall, the book is well written. Of the new material presented, the most provocative is Summers''s assertion that Monroe''s corpse was first discovered by Robert Kennedy and Peter Lawford. The reason for the confusion of facts about her death, says Summers, is that a coverup was conducted to hide Monroe''s sexual involvement with both John and Robert Kennedy. Since Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller declined to be interviewed, this is not the definitive Monroe biography. Still, libraries that do not already have a surfeit of books on Monroe should find this a popular addition. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates. John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Freehold, N.J.
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aforelife
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Mesmerizing
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
Reading Anthony Sommers'' hefty 688 page Marilyn Monroe bio on the heels of Sarah Churchwell''s profound Many Lives of Marilyn, meant that the bar was going to have to be set incredibly high in my mind! At first I was sceptical, could it compete with Churchwell''s... See more
Reading Anthony Sommers'' hefty 688 page Marilyn Monroe bio on the heels of Sarah Churchwell''s profound Many Lives of Marilyn, meant that the bar was going to have to be set incredibly high in my mind! At first I was sceptical, could it compete with Churchwell''s ultranuanced, multilayered masterpiece?...The Sommers work seemed to begin as a chauvenistic who''s who of the men who "claimed" to have slept with Marilyn, but as the book progressed I began to find many of Sommers'' arguments at least potentially credible, if a bit solicitous. However, the more I read the more I grew to admire his uniquely philosophical approach to the ever complex Norma Jean with her decidedly existential leanings; a brilliant woman who, as Sommers implicitly states, no man was able to fully understand; consequently, six-hundred-plus interviews later, this Pulitzer Prize finalist historian renders his Marilyn as altogether ephemeral and thus often inaccessible to the mere mortals who attempted to understand and love her. The highlight for me was his dreamy depiction of a mesmerized Marilyn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art walking around and around Rodin''s The Hand of God...the iconic sculpture of the copulating couple, as if being cradled in God''s own hand. That the iconography of Rodin''s masterpiece of decidedly carnal love spoke to Marilyn in a very Song of Solomon-esque or book of Genesis-like manner, which was Rodin''s intent, is tenderly portrayed by Sommers. You can almost feel the energy inherent to that moment in the MET gallery when the Goddess of Love contemplated the extent of God''s involvement in a hand either raised in blessing or condemnation. Could He similarly impart His own blessing on her own yearning, ever-insatiable heart even as it silently broke for her past loves and the father she never knew?...RIP sweet Marilyn. We love you for your beauty, but also your complexity as captured so poignantly by Anthony Sommers.
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Randy M Lloyd
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Read it!
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2017
I have to admit that I only ordered this book because I was curious after reading the book "Double Cross" written by Sam and Chuck Giancana. One of the most dubious claims made in that book was that mob associated figures were used to assassinate Marilyn Monroe. At... See more
I have to admit that I only ordered this book because I was curious after reading the book "Double Cross" written by Sam and Chuck Giancana. One of the most dubious claims made in that book was that mob associated figures were used to assassinate Marilyn Monroe. At least it was told that Sam Giancana Sr said that. I read this book because I wanted to see what an objective biographer might say about it.

What I liked most about this book is the manner in which the book is infinitely readable while not departing from facts which are establishable by empirical evidence. I found it shocking the way Marilyn''s life spiraled out of control without her having anyone who could successfully reach out to her; her appalling behavior notwithstanding. Equally shocking was how completely alone and unloved she ultimately felt even though she had achieved such laudable fame, even if by salacious means . By reading this book you will completely understand how believable were the reports of drug overdose suicide, and alternatively, how vulnerable her mental and medical condition made her to being eliminated as a threat in the manner described in the Giancana book. In the closing chapters, all plausible theories are explored about how she may have been eliminated, and also how she might have just as easily killed herself either by accident, or possibly on purpose.

In any case, the journey through Norma Jean''s life, and ultimately her demise, and her shocking death, is an entertaining one. A journey that absolutely qualifies as better than any wild yarn that even the best fiction writer could concoct about an imagined character. This book could easily dovetail into a study of the Kennedys and their behavior, and even into JFK''s assassination.
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James Reynolds
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As good as biographies get
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
You make think MM is a trivial subject. She is not. She lived at the intersection of Hollywood, media celebrity and politics that is still obviously significant. I can’t think of a single individual like her before or since, plus there’s the obvious sexiness never... See more
You make think MM is a trivial subject. She is not. She lived at the intersection of Hollywood, media celebrity and politics that is still obviously significant. I can’t think of a single individual like her before or since, plus there’s the obvious sexiness never duplicated but always imitated. If you read this book you will learn more about American culture and the politics of the early 60s than from any other book I know of. The author is as objective and factual as humanly possible.
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Exceptionally well-researched
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
This book was written between 1982 and 1985, twenty plus years after Marilyn Monroe''s death and triggered by the Los Angeles'' District Attorney''s review of the circumstances surrounding her death. In the author''s words (page 7) "This book will an investigation of Marilyn''s... See more
This book was written between 1982 and 1985, twenty plus years after Marilyn Monroe''s death and triggered by the Los Angeles'' District Attorney''s review of the circumstances surrounding her death. In the author''s words (page 7) "This book will an investigation of Marilyn''s adult life, not of her childhood -- that desolate dislocated period has been well charted by earlier biographers".
Its 368 pages of text are divided into six parts, Part I: Into the land of scorpions (her break-out into Hollywood), Part II: The DiMaggio disaster, Part III: Broken marriage -- broken mind (including her marriage to Arthur Miller). Part IV: Marilyn and the Kennedy brothers, Part V: The Candle burns down, Part VI: Aftermath.
I have read most of the biographies of Marilyn Monroe. Donald Spotos'' 1993 biography is somewhat more smoothly written and I have yet to read Sarah Churchwell''s 2005 "The many lives of Marilyn Monroe". This book is the best researched and documented that I have read (29 pages of source notes in very small type). It shows the author as the seasoned professional investigative reporter he was.
What stands out in my mind is his detailed and documented reconstruction of what is likely to have happened in that shrouded interval between midnight Saturday 4 August 1962 (Marilyn''s likely time of death) and 3:30 am Sunday morning 5 August, when the police were first called. Many people who did know the truth refused to talk about it, even twenty years later. The author tracked down the fragments of verifiable information and draws his conclusion. In his words (page 356), "This scenario may be wrong in certain details, but it is a fair construction from the information now available. In all probability, no serious crime was committed that night although [....] was highly irregular ...".
My interest increased as the book progressed. At the end, I was saddened, once again, by the tragic end of this incredible life.
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Beth Anderson aka Hotclue
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Hapless Girl Child Monroe
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2015
I thought this was one of the most absorbing, comprehensive books I''ve read about Monroe. It certainly had a lot more closeup detail that sounded reasonable than anything else I''ve read. I left the book feeling more sorry for her than ever before. From her childhood on,... See more
I thought this was one of the most absorbing, comprehensive books I''ve read about Monroe. It certainly had a lot more closeup detail that sounded reasonable than anything else I''ve read. I left the book feeling more sorry for her than ever before. From her childhood on, she never really had a chance to wind up as anything less than what she was, a child woman with very little rational control over her own life. I always liked her, despite her ludicrous lifelong parody of herself. I still do, and I also pity her for falling into the Hollywood way of treating their starlets. I wound up completely furious at both of the Kennedy ''boys''. They were not sick. They knew better. And I will always believe they, and that useless prettyboy fop, Peter Lawford, had a lot to do with what happened on her last day on earth.
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DesertMoon
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Credible and well-researched
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2014
Let me begin by saying that when I purchased this book, I was a newbie Marilyn fan. I was only vaguely familiar with the many stories surrounding her questionable and premature passing from this life. I watched an excellent documentary on HBO that piqued my curiosity and so... See more
Let me begin by saying that when I purchased this book, I was a newbie Marilyn fan. I was only vaguely familiar with the many stories surrounding her questionable and premature passing from this life. I watched an excellent documentary on HBO that piqued my curiosity and so I set out on a hunt for a book that would give me more insight into her life and death. I read through the descriptions and customer reviews on literally hundreds of Marilyn books before I eventually settled on this one.

As I read, I grew increasingly angry with the author. He struck me as misogynistic and that he simply hated Marilyn and her entire persona. But, at the same time, he fulfilled what I was seeking: a truthful and complete story of her life and death. I read on, increasingly irritated with his attitude.

But then...I reached the portion of the book devoted to her mysterious death, and it became clear why he adopted the attitude he did for this book. In my opinion, he wanted to establish that he was not just another Marilyn worshipper, full of conspiracy theories. He researched his material thoroughly, supported all claims with multiple and reliable sources, and presented probably the most plausible theory concerning the night of her death.

I don''t know if all Marilyn fans will agree with me, but given what was discovered in her personal papers (presented in the aforementioned HBO documentary), and the information in this book, I recommend it for those seeking something that makes sense.
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marilyn
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Interesting
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2019
Found this book to be very well researched and a compelling read. So sad that Marilyn was surrounded by so many people who exploited her. As a fan I think she was a very talented actress, never be another like her. Such a sad ending to her life with many unanswered... See more
Found this book to be very well researched and a compelling read. So sad that Marilyn was surrounded by so many people who exploited her. As a fan I think she was a very talented actress, never be another like her. Such a sad ending to her life with many unanswered questions. A long book, but a page turner. Liked it a lot
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SquidlyDiddley
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Surprises in Store
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2019
Spoiler Alert If you think you knew anything about Marilyn and you haven''t read this book, you''re going to learn new things. If you check the author out here on Amazon you''ll see that he''s been working on versions of this book for several years. I think that the info... See more
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If you think you knew anything about Marilyn and you haven''t read this book, you''re going to learn new things. If you check the author out here on Amazon you''ll see that he''s been working on versions of this book for several years. I think that the info is as true as you''ll find anywhere else. Marilyn was abused when she was a kid. She was abused as an adult and used up by Hollywood and so called friends that should have helped her out. Her beauty doomed her in Hollywood to be used until she just couldn''t work any more. Read this book.
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Omar Farid
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
this book should have named the rise and fall of Marlyn monroe
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2010
this book reads like a thriller novel , and it should had been named the rise and fall of Marlyn Monroe as it descibes in greate detail her transformation from just a country girl to one of the sexiest women and icon in american history as wells as her traumatic depression...See more
this book reads like a thriller novel , and it should had been named the rise and fall of Marlyn Monroe as it descibes in greate detail her transformation from just a country girl to one of the sexiest women and icon in american history as wells as her traumatic depression during her last days and alleged suicide which opened a wild speculation whether she commited suicide or was it administrative injection according to some researchers . However, the bulk of this story is Marlyn the sensitive person as if this book is trying to win the hearts and souls of its readers to comply them to fell pity for marlyn without loosing the edge of the world she lived a thin line between her fantasies and reality , love and hate, hapiness and sadness all mixed up emotionally and metaphorically in her dramatic life.To sum it up. marlyn monroe is a legend , myth and reality
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Andrew Marchant
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Classic MM biog
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2020
The classic MM biography. Everything you need to know is here.
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Shelbblee
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Lovely read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2018
Very informative and gives a beautiful insight to the world of Marilyn. The book is very smooth to the touch and very well made, the quality of the pictures and captions is amazing. Great value for money.
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Eileen
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Brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2021
I brilliant read, a real eye opener, what a sad life she had. I believe the Kennedy''s had something to do with her death!
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Miss Jane Roberts
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Page turner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2020
Amazing book. Well researched, well written and a real page turner. Even if you don’t know much about Marilyn it’s definately worth reading. Was she murdered? Possibly. You’ll have to read it to see.
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