In The Colonel, Alanna Nash, the writer of Golden Lady: The Story of Jessica Savitch, explores in depth the wonderful story of Colonel Tom Parker, the person behind the legend and the parable of Elvis Presley. The result’s like probably the most riveting of real-life detective tales – one that may fully change your view of Presley’s life, success, and dying. Whereas scores of books have been written about Elvis Presley, that is the primary meticulously researched biography of Tom Parker written by somebody who knew him personally. And for anybody actually within the performer many think about the best and most influential of the twentieth century, it’s unimaginable to know how Elvis got here to be such a phenomenon with out inspecting the life and thoughts of Parker, the person who nearly managed Elvis’ each transfer. Alanna Nash has been protecting the story of Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker for the reason that day of Presley’s funeral in Memphis, Tennessee. She was the primary journalist allowed to view Presley’s physique, a compelling and shocking sight. However the profile of Parker attending the funeral in a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap was even stranger and led her to research the person behind the parable. It has been identified for 20 years that Thomas Andrew Parker was in actual fact born in Holland as Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk. However Nash has dug a lot deeper and, in a masterpiece of reporting, unearthed never-before-seen paperwork, together with Parker’s military information and psychiatric evaluations and the unique police report of an unsolved homicide case in Holland that lies on the coronary heart of the Parker thriller. Within the technique of weighing the proof, she solutions the largest riddle within the historical past of the music trade, because it turns into clear that each transfer Parker made within the dealing with of Elvis Presley – from why he by no means allowed Elvis to carry out in Europe, to why he did not halt Elvis’ drug use, to why he put him in so many mediocre films and even the Colonel’s course of Presley’s military profession – was designed to guard Parker’s personal secrets and techniques. Crammed with startling new materials, her e-book challenges even probably the most acquainted precepts of the Presley saga – all the pieces we presumed about Parker’s dealing with of the world’s most well-known entertainer should now be reevaluated within the gentle of knowledge Nash reveals about Parker. Elvis Presley, as considered one of Parker’s unwitting victims, paid a serious worth for the Colonel’s previous and his overwhelming have to be extra vital than his consumer. In consequence Presley was by no means allowed to achieve his potential and died in drug-induced frustration over his stunted and mismanaged profession. On this astonishing, impeccably written, and vastly entertaining e-book, Nash proves that the one determine in American standard tradition as fascinating as Elvis Presley is Colonel Tom Parker, the person who formed Elvis, who in flip helped form us.
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