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Andrew David Morton (born 1953 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) is a former British Fleet Street tabloid journalist, and a biographer.

Before moving into a career in journalism, he attended grammar school, then studied history at the University of Sussex.

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Biography of Diana, Princess of Wales

Andrew Morton wrote a biography of Princess Diana called Diana: Her True Story. Following Diana's death in 1997, Morton issued an edition entitled Diana: Her True Story, Commemorative Edition.

Biography of Monica Lewinsky

Morton received public attention after Diana's death, when he revealed the extent of her collaborations with him. He achieved greater prominence in the United States after the publication of Monica's Story.

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography was published in January 2008, and reprinted with an update in February 2009. In a New York Times review, Janet Maslin wrote "... Mr. Morton has found a number of former Scientologists who are willing to speak freely, and in some cases vengefully, about the group’s purported inner workings. Mr. Morton’s eagerness to include their voices leads him to push the limits of responsible reporting." Maslin added that Morton "provides a credible portrait extrapolated from the actor’s on-the-record remarks and highly visible public behavior."[1] Writing in Entertainment Weekly, Mark Harris gave the book a grade of "C-", and said "Cruise emerges from Morton's takedown moderately scratched but as uncracked as ever."[2] Another review in the New York Times by Ada Calhooun said:[3]

However shady Scientology may be, Morton’s language in “Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography” is extreme. He and his sources compare the church and its leadership to fascists, the Roman Empire, storm troopers, Machiavelli, Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” Napoleon, Stalinists and North Korea. He also repeatedly invokes Nazism, and quotes without censure the German Protestant Church’s comparison of Cruise to Joseph Goebbels.

Teresa Budasi of the Chicago Sun-Times described the book as "fascinating", although Budasi also brought up a "question as to what’s true and what isn’t."[4] Budasi summed up her impression of the work, writing "Morton’s book is as much an indictment on Cruise’s chosen faith as it is the life story of one of the world’s biggest movie stars. And by the end you realize that 'Scientologist' is what will end up being the role of his lifetime."[4] In a review in The Buffalo News, Jeff Simon wrote of the author: "To give Morton the credit he’s clearly due: he is one of the best around at constructing a 250-page gossip column."[5]

Upon its publication, Cruise's lawyer and the Church of Scientology released statements which question the truthfulness of assertions made by Morton in the book. In a 15-page statement released to the press, the Church of Scientology called the book "a bigoted, defamatory assault replete with lies."[6] The book was not published in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand due to strict libel laws in those countries.[7]

Other publications

After Monica's Story, he investigated a mining disaster, which became his first non-royal journalistic account, Nine for Nine: The Pennsylvania Mine Rescue Miracle. He also wrote an authorized biography of Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi. The book resulted in a libel case brought against Morton by a Kenyan judge; Morton lost the case and was ordered to pay £45,700 in damages.[8]

Then Morton moved on to "king and queen of pop culture," as he termed them, David Beckham and his wife Victoria. Posh and Becks, became a No. 1 best-seller in the United Kingdom, but received little attention in the United States.

Soon after, Morton announced that he would be taking on the "queen of pop", Madonna. Despite a seven figure advance by St. Martin's Press and a 500,000-copy first printing, Madonna failed to make waves in America, where it spent only two weeks on the New York Times best-seller list (peaking at No. 8). By contrast, J. Randy Taraborrelli's Madonna: An Intimate Biography, released at the same time, became a massive best-seller in the United Kingdom (though it only made the extended New York Times best-seller list). Morton subsequently wrote another Diana book entitled In Pursuit of Love, with information that he had left unaddressed. The book made the New York Times best-seller list.

Books

  • Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words. New York: Pocket. 1992. ISBN 0-671-02412-4.  
  • Monica's Story. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1999. ISBN 0-312-97362-4.  
  • Posh & Becks. Simon Spotlight Entertainment. 2000. ISBN 1-4169-5386-8.  
  • Madonna. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2001. ISBN 0-312-28786-0.  
  • Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2008. ISBN 0-312-35986-1.  

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