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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe

Bill Pullmen, August 29, 2009

Think you know everything about Marilyn.....

As a huge fan of MM I thought I knew just about all there was to know about this fascinating lady, but Taraborrelli proved me wrong. Using fresh research, including some files recently released by the government, the author adds more color to the affair between Marilyn and President Kennedy, info supplied by an FBI agent who was documenting the affair at the time it occurred! He also interviewed many of the main players from Marilyn’s world (many no longer with us) and he was able to review unpublished notes of reporters who covered Marilyn when she was alive. Taraborrelli ‘s extensive research pays off with one of the most insightful books on Marilyn ever produced. The reader learns of the role Marilyn’s mother actually played in her life; I won’t give anything away but it is much more extensive than the public ever knew. I was also shocked to learn of the depth of Marilyn’s mental problems, I mean any one familiar with her life story knows she had issues, but I never suspected how sick she truly was. This is not just a rehash of old material and I highly recommend it to all interested in this icon’s story. For more fascinating Marilyn Monroe reading, do check out “Misfits Country” Marilyn brought to life during the filming of her final movie.
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Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West

Bill Pullmen, October 20, 2006

This is a beautifully written book that takes epic form in retelling the settling of the American southwest from 1820 through the 1860s. From the Mexican war to the removal of the Navajo from Canyon de Chelly, Hampton Sides writes an engaging account of the results of manifest destiny, showing both sides, warts and all. The white man, while seeming noble in purpose, is shown to have been lacking in honor, and while the Indians were certainly shafted time and again they had many of their own faults. Central to this story is the famous mountain man Kit Carson, a man of many contradictions: though extremely intelligent he was also illiterate; he could speak many of the native languages, understood the Indian ways, and even had Indian wives but he also participated in the slaughter and removal from their lands of these same Indians. The book also includes engaging portraits of many of the important figures of this time period: Stephen Watts Kearny, John Fremont, the Navajo warrior Narbona, and Senator Thomas Benton. Sides is even handed and honest in how he portrays all those involved. At times I felt I was reading fiction but this story is real! For a story about the modern west I have to recommend ?Across the High Lonesome.? I picked it up after seeing a recommendation from Larry McMurty and he was right!
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