Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The King and Dr. Nick

Book Description

The truth about Elvis’s death from the doctor who spent eleven years as “the King’s” personal physician, father-figure, and confidant—"Dr. Nick."
Dr. Nichopoulos spent a decade with Elvis on the road and at Graceland, trying to maintain the precarious health of one of the world’s greatest entertainers. But on August 16, 1977, he found himself in the ambulance with Elvis on that fateful last trip to the ER. He signed the death certificate.
From that day forward, Dr. Nick became the focus of a media witch hunt which threatened his life and all but destroyed his professional reputation. Now, for the first time, Dr. Nick reveals the true story behind Elvis’s drug use and final days—not the version formed by years of tabloid journalism and gross speculation. Put aside what you’ve learned about Elvis’s final days and understand for the first time the inner workings of “the king of rock n’ roll.”

Book Review
My 8 year old son is an avid Elvis fan.     Where he developed his admiration for Elvis I am not sure, but he saved his money and bought his first CD collection of his music when he was only 5 years old.     He was 7 when he realized the circumstances surrounding his death.      We recently took him to Graceland on a trip to Memphis.      When this book by Elvis' personal physician came up for review, I decided I wanted to read it out of curiosity.     

Although many years have passed since Elvis' death, it is very clear from Dr. Nichopoulos' writings that the events are as real as yesterday.      Elvis was more than his patient.    He was a very dear friend.      He admits from the very beginning that his recollections may be somewhat tainted because of his love and admiration of his friend.

I casually picked up this book to just read the first couple of pages and found myself still reading three chapters later.   (Sorry I was late, honey!)       I realized that many of my ideas surrounding Elvis' death were fueled by media hype and tabloid "bytes" instead of reality.      I was surprised to enjoy reading this book.
If you are an Elvis fan, this is a must.     However, whether you are an official Elvis fan or not, this was quite a great read. 
Disclaimer: I received the book "The King and Dr. Nick" from the Thomas Nelson Blogger Review Program in exchange for a review.


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