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I had always wanted to read a biography on Marilyn Monroe, and I think I was lucky with this choice. This is by far the most dense, well-rounded biography I have read. When reading, the extraordinary research and time J. Randy Taraborrelli has put into this biography is clear.
Taraborrelli is unbiased in his writing, discussing all sides of stories, sympathising with everyone involved and also remaining critical, reminding the reader that we can't take all recounts as fact. Similarly, he leaves grey areas of Monroe's life grey, just addressing the different opinions of what happened in the instance, which adds to the depth of the biography.
The density of the book made for quite a slow read, taking me almost a year to finish as I really wanted to absorb all of the information, which meant 50 pages would take me three times as long to read, but it was worth it.
Marilyn Monroe led a very difficult life, despite what was portrayed on camera, and if you are interested in a credible, well-rounded biography with great depth, I highly recommend this book.