I've read a few Jackson bios, but HW Brands' is by faaaaar the best. It's a shame that he didn't choose a more catchy title. "His Life and Times" sounds like a academic snoozefest, but in reality, Brand's bio is highly compelling and excellently written . I'm sure some would say that Brands isn't sufficiently critical of Jackson's controversial decisions , but what Brands does is arguably more appropriate to biographical writing: Brands contextualizes Jackson's decision making based on the environment that Jackson actually lived in, the experiences that Jackson actually had, and the principles he espoused. Not only do I think this is probably the best Jackson bio available, I think it is one of the best written bios I've ever read.