Victim: The Secret Tapes of Marilyn Monroe

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Random House, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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A shockingly revealing book about the life and death of one of the 20th century's greatest icons. Marilyn Monroe, a talented actor, who remains an ideal of western female beauty today, died in what was popularly thought at the time to be a suicide, on August 5, 1962. She was only 36 years old. Victim offers a new exploration of what really happened to Marilyn. Long the subject of passionate conjecture -- Smith uncovers new truths with this book based on a never-before-seen transcript of Marilyn Monroe's last tape, made for her psychiatrist just a week before she died. Matthew Smith is an expert on John F. Kennedy's presidency and has written several books about J.F.K. and the events surrounding Marilyn's death. In The Men Who Murdered Marilyn he presented new interviews with friends and associates of Marilyn. Now, in his latest book, he delves even deeper into the subject with material taped directly from Marilyn herself speaking to the most trusted confidante she could have -- her psychiatrist. What was Marilyn's state of mind just before her death? Victim offers new evidence as well as Marilyn's personal opinions about the famous crowd she was part of -- Frank Sinatra, Mae West, John F. Kennedy and other significant characters in her tragic story. A landmark book to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Marilyn's death. A must-have for the millions of Marilyn fans around the world. From the Hardcover edition.

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Marilyn's last words: her secret tapes and mysterious death

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Smith (JFK: The Second Plot ) adds to the murder conspiracy literature on Marilyn Monroe. Drawing on previous research as well as his own findings--including transcripts of tapes that Monroe made for ... Read full review

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Matthew Smith is the author of several books on John F. Kennedy’s presidency. His books, including JFK: The Second Plot and The Men Who Murdered Marilyn, have all been critically acclaimed.


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