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am 21. Juli 2014
This is a brief list of some of the weaknesses in Remember The Time;
1) profane and vulgar language throughout
2) intermittent patronizing attitude of the bodyguards toward MJ
3) boastful quality of the BGs' stories
4) inaccurate information [examples are cited in other reviews on Amazon]
5) ambiguity regarding MJ's death and the time preceding it
6) ending of the book seems to be incomplete and without closure
7) exaggerations of the bodyguards (elevating themselves to the level of his assistants & friends)
8) the men who were hired to keep MJ's life private have revealed his privacies to the world
9) idiosyncratic presentation of MJ's financial affairs
10) attempts to present themselves as "MJ's last bodyguards" in their title and advertising

It seems that these men may have been more a part of MJ's problem than his solution.
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TOP 500 REZENSENTam 14. August 2014
`Remember the Time' written by Javon Beard and Bill Whitfield is the latest of books which talk about the last days of the King of Pop, made by two of his bodyguards.

Michael Jackson attracted enormous attention when he was alive, there were not a single day when he was not followed in media, reporting about the most bizarre events in which he (supposedly) participated; therefore, in some way, media can also be blamed that his life ended in such a tragic end.

However, it seems that the situation is even worse after Jackson died, because now even those people who have only partially known him or seen him a few times are trying to make money on him; they all feel that they have the right to tell the world their truth, to tell their stories which of course are the only one truthful compared to all others.

As much as I loved this fantastic singer and read many books on the subject of his life, this book unpleasantly surprised me - it is understandable that there are out there people who wants to make money on him, but if that means violation of the unwritten laws that each should impede exposing personal, and even more important, inaccurate or semi-correct information, then it is very sad.

Unfortunately this is the case with this book, because both of these bodyguards are maybe not violating confidentiality contracts (though that is questionable as well) signed with Michael Jackson by releasing their book, but what is more interesting, these guys are also misrepresenting the amount of time that spent working for Michael Jackson - instead of 30 months, they spent 21 months, hence both of them didn't been in Neverland or been in touch with Jackson 8 full months before he died.

Therefore it is a pity that in such erroneous and misleading way this book is advertised, and it is especially sad that during its writing the basic thing was violated - the human right to privacy and dignity. For this reason, as much as some parts of the book might please Michael Jackson fans I recommend that you avoid this book.
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am 9. Juli 2014
This book is the model for false advertising. These bodyguards advertise themselves as serving Michael Jackson "in his final days," where as they had no contact with him for 8 months before his death! How can the publisher and Amazon allow this totally misleading title? It is a lie. In their advertising, they boldly proclaim that they are "the only ones" of 60 million MJ fans who "really know what happened to him," whereas they know nothing more than you and I, since they were in a different state and knew just what they got from the media. There strong public support of Conrad Murray also indicates that they knew little about the cause of MJ's death. They proclaimed Murray "innocent" on national TV and insisted that he should not go to jail [of course the judge and jury disagreed and convicted Murray]. They claim to be MJ's best friends. Please....Elizabeth Taylor, Miko Brando, a number of individuals in the music industry, at the very least, would have been MJ's best friends rather than these guys who were with MJ for maybe 20 months. Another untruth: they refer to their time with MJ as a span of 2-1/2 years- not so. The best friends assertion is both arrogance and lying. These bodyguards have been billed as MJ's last bodyguards- untrue of course. MJ had many bodyguards after he left Vegas for LA in the fall of 2008- again 8 months before his death. They also claim they were going to London to work for MJ. That simply can't be true because many witnesses at the AEG trial testified under oath that AEG was in control of hiring for MJ. AEG did not know these guys, as Whitfield and Beard acknowledge in the book. AEG wanted to control MJ and ensure that he appeared at rehearsals and would appear at his London show; they hired their own people to carry out their goals. These guys would not have been hired for one day! The third bodyguard on the Vegas security team has disavowed this book and referred to it as "fiction" on his Facebook page. There is more but I will stop here so that more people are apt to read this review. "Remember the Time" appears to be more fiction than non-fiction and should possibly be reclassified. One star.
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am 14. August 2014
Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard promised on television in 2010 that they would take "the high road" in their prospective book about Michael Jackson.

Whitfield promised on FB that he would obtain Katherine Jackson's approval before ever publishing a book about her son. Whitfield also promised to donate a significant portion of the proceeds of the book to a number of charities.

None of these promises was kept. MJ fans must have short memories to overlook all of the problems with this book, including the broken promises and the prevarications. They have also seemingly overlooked or forgotten that these two men were vocal advocates for Conrad Murray and that they proclaimed his innocence in the death of MJ on national television while the jury was deliberating the manslaughter case against Murray.

Pretending to have protected MJ "in his final days" is just another "low road" example.
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am 11. Juli 2014
The third bodyguard from their Las Vegas team, Mike Garcia, has denounced Whitfield and Beard and distanced himself from them. On his Facebook page, Garcia posted:
"...The two other bodyguards I worked with ... are coming out with a book in conjunction with those that never had Mr. Jackson's best interest and stole from him. In the past years, I've been asked about the other two bodyguards and always remained silent. Now I can no longer do that.... Its the greed of just them two, and they care of only money.... For the record, I am NOT involved in their book and I'm in disbelief that they have sided with the ones who took advantage of Mr. Jackson. Just when I thought these two couldn't disrespect Mr. Jackson even more, they do it again. Sad and the karma, in the name of Mr. Jackson will come to ... both."
Food for thought.
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am 10. Februar 2015
Really???? The title of this book is highly misleading, and the authors should not be allowed to lead readers into believing they had inside information on MJ's last days when, in reality, they had no contact with him for the 8 months leading up to his death. These bodyguards claim to know more than 60 million fans what happened to him. How? They were miles away and not involved in his life at the time. If they truly knew what had happened, they would surely not claim innocence on the part of Dr. Conrad Murray. This book is a waste of time and money...false advertising at the very least.
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am 17. Juli 2014
I don't trust the material in this book to be a truthful account. Because it is all about the private life of MJ and his young children, without the approval of Katherine Jackson or the Estate, it's all questionable and some of it suspicious. I read that Whitfield promised to obtain Katherine's permission before publishing. That didn't happen. How come?
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am 23. November 2014
It has been one year since Amazon’s launching of this book. There has not been a single endorsement or gesture of support for it by anyone who knew Michael Jackson – family, friend, or colleague. Why not? Food for thought!
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am 29. Januar 2015
There is evidence that the contents of this book contain fabrications and exaggerations. In addition, the authors have no right to disclose the private side of Michael Jackson & his children to the public. Shame on them.
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am 18. Dezember 2014
Tlhis book has credibility problems. Among them are no endorsements by ANYONE who knew Michael Jackson; unsubstantiated stories about MJ; and the total disavowal of this book by the third bodyguard, Michael Garcia.
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