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  • Paperback: 502 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Pub (Dec 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741470314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741470317
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Karen Moriarty has worked as an English teacher, counselor, administrator, and consultant in public schools and as a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She earned advanced degrees, including her Doctorate, from Northern Illinois University. Baby Richard: A Four-Year-Old Comes Home (2003) was her first book, written "because it's a story that had to be told." Karen is married to Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, licensed clinical psychologist and former president of a community college and of a private graduate school. They reside with their feline companions, Stephanie Ann and Tom Riley, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cassie H on July 12 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Each time a book is released defending Michael Jackson, I cannot wait to read it and Dr. Moriarty’s “Defending a King” did not disappoint. What I enjoyed most, and what I feel makes this book unique, is Dr. Moriarty’s psychologist’s touch to the book. Many books simply tell a story, but I like how we get a psychological view on the “why’s” surrounding Michael’s life and his decisions in this book.

Dr. Moriarty’s research seemed in depth and ranged much farther than just having knowledge about more mainstream issues like his trials. The book does a good job shining light upon the tabloid fodder and sensationalism that constantly hounded Michael throughout his life.

“Defending a King ~ His Life & Legacy” is a great place to start if you’re looking for the information about Michael Jackson that didn’t come out of a reporters mouth. It will teach you more about the MAN himself, not the myth. Thank you, Dr. Karen Moriarty for providing a pathway to truth and defending the man who so greatly deserves it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pia Engmann on July 7 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Review of Dr.Karen Moriarty's book Defending a king-His Life & Legacy.

This is a book that I highly recommend for any Michael Jackson fan. It is a good and positive book as defend Michael Jackson in the trial in 2005, she has used sources from Michaels 3 bodygard's, and Tom Mesereau. It is also about all the good things Michael did for charity, and how kind and loving father he was. The book is of particular parts of these last difficult years of Michael's life, and of all the accusations he has had to live with.
For all Michael Jackson-loving fans who want to know a little more about Michael's hard life in public, I would really like to recommend this positive book.
The author has written a good and positive book about the difficult life of one legend like Michael Jackson lived.
However I thought the book lacks some pictures .. so it would be absolutely fantastic.
I give 5 stars from Denmark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristie L. Foreman on Oct. 28 2014
Format: Paperback
Before I opened the 1st chapter, I read the forward and developed a respect for the author. I hoped the book wouldn't disappoint. I questioned Karen Moriarty's credentials and ability to convey accurate information. After further reading, it didn't matter. She took me on a journey that wrangled my emotions to the core of my own life purpose. I acquired numerous self revelations regarding my life as I read.

The author shared a prolific insight as to the life of a megastar. A life, draining the very core of their being from one who lives a life of stardom. A life degrading the very purpose of the star, due to the tabloid magazines nonstop delusion portrayed to the public. The author shows the greed and evil intent of many people. Karen Moriarty paints a picture that would make any rising star of today weary of any further pursuit of stardom.

There is a plethora of information inadvertently making me question my own path of altruistic abilities of contribution or lack thereof. It was refreshing to see Michael Jackson's life portrayed as humanitarian as opposed to demonized since he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

The author projected a unique style of writing, showing a poetic love toward Michael Jackson. Karen Moriarty has the ability to make me feel I was in the scene to which she was describing. I forgot the author was even there. This is a skill of the makings of a great author. I am so happy I read it, and my life will be better enriched because of it.

I want to recommend it to all of my friends and family or anyone who wants or needs to see the world in a greater light.
I recommend it to anyone who is looking for the real reason we are here.
I want to recommend it to anyone who wants to know their true purpose in life. The book does not disappoint.
Thank you Karen Moriarty for this wonderful experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken on Oct. 6 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Truly engaging … the real story at last!
I’ve always wanted to know the true story, and the psychology, behind the persona of Michael Jackson. I must have thought like millions of others; how could I trust the way the media portrayed him? All that hype … all the shouts of “fire,” when most of it must only be smoke. For example, I couldn’t believe such naïve transparency by a smart, international talent like Mr. Jackson was a true admission of guilt. I’m talking about the child molestation charges of course, and the agonizing court battle that he eventually won. And what about his carnival-like eccentricity in every facet of his life? All that bad press was entertaining, but was it all true? Even a little bit?
My curiosity was sated when I read Defending a King, by Dr. Karen Moriarty. The result of years of painstaking research into the life of Michael Jackson, Dr. Moriarty’s book tells the real story, and explains Mr. Jackson’s bizarre, misunderstood behavior once and for all. Skillfully-written with layer after layer of facts and presented with interesting style, this book tells the heart-wrenching story of that most interesting and complex entertainer.
The author points out (through countless interviews with Jackson insiders, and supported by her doctorate in Psychology), that Michael’s childlike behavior resulted from not having a childhood of his own. Due to the immense amount of work as the center of The Jackson Five, he was forced to be an adult too early in his developing years. That explains a lot. As Dr. Moriarty astutely points out; “He felt like an alien soul with adults, but he felt within himself the stirrings of a child. He felt wonder at their innocence, was awed by their charm, and he realized their vulnerability.”
Truthfully, I was never a fan of Michael Jackson.
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