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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley begins in 1960 and ends in 1977 when Elvis Presley died. A previous book by this author focused on the early years. When Elvis left the army, he had to start his career all over again. Times were changing and starting all over wasn’t so easy. Author Peter Guralnick attempts to state the facts and allow readers to draw their own conclusions. Elvis surrounded himself with rather odd people and most of them were his employees.
I found many of the stories in this audio book disturbing because they are both funny and tragic. Presley and his entourage were constantly playing tricks on each other. He wanted to be appointed a Narcotics Agent and approached President Nixon concerning the appointment. Women were fascinated with Elvis and just kept coming back, regardless of how badly he treated them. He was under the influence of the Colonel and refused to listen to anyone else. The Elvis fans longed for and lusted after was merely a myth. In actuality, Elvis was a self-centered person. I found it strange that Elvis started singing Christian music with such greats as J. D. Sumer when in later life he was fascinated with New Age books.
This review is of the audio format of Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. There were times the author had me laughing but there were other times that all I felt was sorrow at the talented man spiraling downward out of control. The best part of this book is the honesty. Peter Guarlnick captures the true essence of Elvis without the myths.