I've read a lot of books on the Beatles through the years and for the most part, I really don't like them because most Beatle biographers have an agenda of some kind: to enter Beatle history through a slim, chance, or questionable meeting, or else to either slam or praise their subject unduly; the member(s) of the group are either demons or divine avatars. I have no taste for either. Never have, never will...
There are countless reasons why people publish a book about one or all the Beatles. Greene's reason is one I applaud: to look at someone he knew personally, not as a Beatle, but as a man whose entire life had been a spiritual quest, the life of a seeker. He took me inside George's private world, revealing a deeply spiritual, generous, warm, and sensitive man. I always knew this George was there, but Greene is the first and only biographer that I know of to look past the Beatle mythology and focus on the man himself. There are things I've always intuited about George, and this book confirmed those.
Also, unlike another author I've known personally (not naming names), Greene does not use George's story as an excuse to proselytize, boring the reader with long chapters that read more like a Hindu textbook than a personal biography.
In 1981 I was initiated into the Self Realization Fellowship at Lake Shrine in L.A. George too was an initiate and it was at Lake Shrine that his wife Olivia and son Dhani held his private memorial service immediately after his passing. That we are both followers of the universal teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda is only one (and possibly the strongest) of the spiritual ties I've felt with George through the years. He is, spiritually speaking, my brother.
But I've gotten way off track here. Or maybe I haven't...
If you are of an eastern spiritual bent, I'd recommend this book wholeheartedly, but if you're a Beatle fan looking for just more dirt, move along. While some of George's more human escapades are referred to, they are seen, as I wrote previously, through the eyes of compassion and understanding, not through a fascination with tabloid trash mongering or celebrity voyeurism.
"Scan not a friend through a microscopic glass;
You know his faults, so let his foibles pass..."