The King and Dr. Nick What Really Happened to Elvis and Me by George Nichopoulos

Even today, regardless of our age or nationality, the only name that strikes us when we hear about the ‘The king of Rock n Roll’ is Elvis Presley. Elvis was not only the king of rock and roll but also the king of many hearts and he still rules the music world like no one ever can. Elvis always preferred to keep his personal life away from public eye and that gave birth to his mysterious yet larger than life image and perhaps, this is the reason his death brought along equally tragic and fascinating controversies.

This book has been written by Elvis’ personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, who took care of the world’s greatest entertainer’s health for the last decade of his life.  Besides being Elvis’ personal physician Dr. Nick was also his confidant and like family to him. He not only witnessed the most crucial time of Elvis’ career but also the end of his legendary life, up close.

Dr. Nick very aptly talks about Elvis not as a world renowned artist but as a person who was known for his generosity and a giving nature. In this book Dr. Nick has tried to give all the readers a sneak peek into the legend’s personal life inside Graceland and out on the road. As per him the main reasons for Elvis’ tragic death was the extremely hectic schedule and his unhealthy eating habits which resulted in constant deterioration of his health and compelled him to rely completely on medicines consequently leading to over-consumption. Elvis’ sudden and untimely demise did not put an end to Dr. Nick’s association with him as it brought along an ordeal wherein he was accused of being responsible for Elvis’ death and was dragged to courts and kept under constant media surveillance. But, despite all the odds Dr. Nick was found “not guilty” in the end.

I was truly engaged in the book until the story turned towards “what happened after Elvis died”. Use of heavy medical terms became too common which made me loose interest instantly. The book unnecessarily described every minute detail of how things progressed and Dr. Nick now became the center character of the book rather than Elvis. It felt like I had been reading it since forever and it nowhere seemed to end anytime soon. Despite all this, I would highly recommend this book to all the Elvis’ fans that are still intrigued by his persona and want to know him in and out.

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