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Dr Karen Moriarty
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Dec 15 2011
A comprehensive, in-depth portrayal of Michael Jackson that includes his last mysterious years, Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy reveals new information and unique insights into this "king of a man." More controversial in life and in death than anyone else, Michael Jackson's goodness has been mostly ignored. This volume needs to be affixed to the legacy of his genius and greatness. "Bizarre behavior is normal in bizarre circumstances." Dr. Moriarty leads her reader through the maze of stunningly bizarre circumstances in which Michael lived and struggled, through private joys and sufferings as a real person ... at the absolute pinnacle of human existence. Please see for more information.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a Strand of Michael... Sept. 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
There's always a strand of Michael Jackson in all of the good works, there will always be books, films, documentaries, spoofs etc, even 50 years from now and beyond when most of us are gone, people will be dissecting Michael Jackson, the work that happens NOW is more important and heres why, future works won't have actual sources to talk to, Karen speaks with many real sources and tries to put the pieces together as best anyone can, but these are the works that will be left for the future generations, i spoke with a close friend of MJ recently and asked him about this book before i read it, he was right when he said " everything has a strand of Michael in it" sometimes less, sometimes more, if you are a fan you WILL learn at least 5 new things reading the book, or like me be reminded of something you forgot, in this case a huge detail i forgot and read in the book was how the Arviso's ( arse viso's ) claimed the molestation occurred after the Bashir film aired, After they filmed a glorious rebuttal, During a time when MJ took advice and distanced himself from them,. so read, read everything that has at least three real sources and you will learn something new, because one day all of the sources will be gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best read about Michael Jackson out today Sept. 18 2014
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A well written superb account of the most loving entertainer in the history of music. Although small in numbers, I am glad there are people here like Dr. Moriarty who can dispel anything bad about Michael Jackson. This book does just that. It gives personal perspectives people that knew him, worked with him, was a friend to him and loved him from a genuine point of view. Not some spin from the media or tabloid saying crazy untrue things about him. I strongly recommend this book for anyone searching for truth in knowing who Michael Jackson really is...and I mean this in the present tense. His body may not be here, but his legacy will forever be with us and this awesome read of Michael Jackson keeps that legacy alive and lets us know as fans, and those who just love the man himself, that there is hope in a desolate, weird world we live in. I keep this book near me because there are things written in this book that I have known about him for years but no one ever had the decency to bring it to light. Dr. Moriarty brings the good out in Michael Jackson as well as much more within the book. Every fan should have a copy!!
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Despite the various pros and cons posted by others, Karen's book is a respectful account of Michael Jackson's life and recommended reading. With the endless tell-all books that capitalize on the more titillating details of Michael's life, much of which I believe were either embellished or outright lies, Karen Moriarty focuses on the positive things that matter. Even if the research is not as thorough as some have attested to in reviews, which I am not equipped to confirm or deny, or that many parts are quotes taken from other sources, they are not direct quotes or statements by Moriarty personally, nor does the author take credit for those quotes. The reader is responsible for interpreting what they read, and for their own desire to check the sources of certain passages and do their own further research. This is only one of many books written about Michael, and I have ignored most most of what's been out there the past five years, including Rabbi Schmuley's distasteful publication of Michael's audio taped interviews, which was a gross breach of Michael's privacy. In a sea of tabloid bottom feeder books that thrive on dragging Michael's character through the mud, I consider Moriarty's "Defending A King" to be exactly what the title represents. Tom Mesereau has endorsed this book, and as an attorney who has seldom attached his good name to any book and continues to speak out in support of Michael's innocence, his endorsement carries a lot of weight with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Moriarty July 12 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to your MJ library July 9 2014
By Lisa C
As a Michael Jackson researcher of 30+ years, I rarely find a book about Michael Jackson that offers much information about him that is new to me. I am always looking to learn more about Michael Jackson and to get a glimpse of his life from a fresh perspective, and Dr. Moriarty's "Defending a King~ His Life & Legacy" delivers. Stripped away is the dirt and the lies that the media threw at him throughout his life that sadly many believe to be fact. The reader is taken through his life and the incredible challenges he faced daily that we could never imagine. One line is especially poignant, “He never lived a day free from crisis.” Yet he endured to not only be the consummate entertainer but to help improve the lives of others and help heal the world.

Dr. Moriarty offers new insight into Jackson focusing on the last few years of his life through personal interviews with his security guards. She also offers an overview of his trial thanks to interviews with the brilliant Tom Mesereau, the attorney that defended Michael Jackson in his 2005 trial.

Beyond his perfectionism in his music and performance, Jackson had a desire to heal the world, to aid the sick and suffering of the world. "Defending a King" focuses on these efforts, and his motivation, his feeling that this was simply his mission in life. I hope Jackson fans and non-fans will read this book and come away with a deeper understanding of not only the King of Pop, but of Michael Jackson the man and the devoted father. He worked to make the world a better place and he succeeded more than he knew. Dr. Moriarty helps the reader to understand and celebrate the life of the world's greatest entertainer and kindest humanitarian.
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