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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 7 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MJ is Therapy June 4 2014
Being Michael Jackson's fan for 20 years, I'm always careful about books written by people who did not know Michael in person. Fortunately, this book turned out to be excellent, and the author is just as careful and tactful in choosing the right words and subjects to talk about Michael. It is truly written with respect, admiration and love for the man and the entertainer. There are joyful stories, and sad stories, and some serious situations described in it, as well as an attempt to explain to the world what kind of person Michael is and how he came to be this way. A great father, a good boss, a polite conversation partner and a one-of-a-kind entertainer who never ceased refining his art and skills and whose influence has been felt everywhere. Lonely at times, living in extreme stress and pain, but still finding the time to talk to his fans. Karen Moriarty has done a profound research, and so the book includes not only her personal opinion, but also opinions of those who knew Michael very well and who stayed close to him. A great book for any MJ fan. The only thing I can add is to agree with the author: Michael's music is therapy to everyone who feels broken
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tired Of Tabloid Trash!!!! July 11 2013
By Susan
I grew up with Michael (as a contemporary) in my world, and I have read many things about him. Most of them were untrue, and I couldn't understand how the adorable, little, doe-eyed boy with the voice of an angel could come to be so hated by the world? How could they accuse him of such horrible things when he did so many wonderful things for people around the world, mostly children.

When he was murdered, my heart, and my world stood still! How could such a man survive in a world of such hatred? Why was he persecuted, so hated, when all he wanted was to "Heal The World". I began reading, researching, devouring everything I could find, but 99% of it was the same old hatred-filled tabloid garbage that is still being recycled and split out verbatim four years after his death!

Karen Moriarty has written a wonderfully insightful, and sensitive book about not just Michael Jackson the entertainer, but about Michael Jackson the human being! It was a revelation to read something positive about this man who only wanted to do good in this world and be loved in return, for who he was inside!

Michael, We love YOU MORE, forever and always! "Lies run sprints. The TRUTH runs marathons." Michael Jackson

May HIS truth NEVER be silenced!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When I started to read this book, I was entranced by the almost poetic writing style of Dr. Karen Moriarty.
The book is thematically well jointed, it opens a new perception about Michael Jackson and is very well investigated with provable facts. It is written warmheated and deferentially.
An absolutely MUST for all MJ-fans! They will love it!
But this work should be read also by the non-fans, because it opens an unique possibility to get to know who was the "real Michael Jackson". Finally the prejudices, defamation and lies about this unique awesome person has to stop! Michael Jackson was surely the biggest entertainer and humanist on earth. It is unbelievable, how badly he was treated. He gave everything to the world what a person can give: He created unforgettable compositions and music, he defined the dance style for all next generations, he helped the poor and he loved the children.
Karen Moriarty describes all these facts in her book. She takes up exactly this topic. It is a very intelligent, sensitive and literary work. This book should be translated into other languages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpeice June 18 2013
(My dear friend Myrna Ramos asked that I post this on her behalf.)

This is just the book I was looking for!

People say so many incorrect things about Michael Jackson - and most of them are not true. But it happens because of the yellow media and the tabloids that repeatedly lie and for such a long time and it is becoming the "copy and paste" truth.
Dr. Karen Moriarty's Defending a King, His Life and Legacy has created for us a master piece. We can finally breathe a sign of relief and be in peace with this beautiful tribute to our king!

Dr. Moriarty reveals many special and unknown stories that we can now treasure, and she does it with the support of a long-time investigation. Michael`s human side and his artistic and humanitarian legacy are treated with so much love, respect and care.

I am deeply delighted with this extraordinary life. In the pages of this book I can find who Michael Jackson was, IS and will be as the best entertainer, musician, dancer, singer, composer of all times and, of course, the best "daddy" in the whole world.

That's why this is the book I was looking for. Now it is resting in my hands and blessing my heart.

To Dr. Karen Moriarty:

Thank you so much, Karen, for this amazing and humble gem that you share with all the people who sincerely want to know about the man that gave us so much with the only desire to make us happy. Dr. Moriarty, you are definitely a singular, generous and beautiful woman.

God bless you and Michael and God bless Robert.


Myrna Ramos
Emotional therapist and author
Mexico City, April 6, 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
LOVED IT!!! finally a book that sheds a good light on Michael, a true look at all the good and LOVE he spread around the world
Published 4 days ago by Alesia Lehamn
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all
Thanks to Karen for a very well written, heartfelt accounting of Michael Jackson's final years. Much new information and Michael's former bodyguards weigh in with lots of info that... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jacqueline Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book and I was very happy that Karen captured the true...
I read this book and I was very happy that Karen captured the true Michael Jackson I highly recommend if you are a Michael fan to please get this book
Published 6 days ago by kathleenmariebaez
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Moriarty
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. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Cassie H
5.0 out of 5 stars For the king....
Can't wait to read your book...... It's about time someone wrote on fact instead of sensationalism and lies!!!
Published 16 days ago by shawntel lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
Very in depth book it tells you how loving he really was and very in depth Awesome book would recommend
Published 18 days ago by victoria jacques
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to your MJ library
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. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Lisa C
5.0 out of 5 stars and caring are the best ingredients, and this book has all of these
Michael Jackson fans have really embraced Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy. Now the highest-rated MJ book on the four major Amazon websites -- US, UK, Canada, and Germany --... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kendall Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you dr. karen moriarty
i recommend this book to everybody, who up to now, doesn't know too much about michael jackson but who wants to know who michael was, what challenges and injustices he had to face... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Sigrid Marquardt
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