The story of Madonna's journey from rebel child to nude model to self-created superstar, and an icon to women world-wide. She is powerful, tough and ruthless, and she controls a billion-dollar empire. Yet she is also the mother of two young children and the wife of gangster chic film-director, Guy Ritchie. Which one is the real Madonna? In this volume, Douglas Thompson seeks to unveil every aspect of Madonna's personality through interviews with most of the key figures in her life - family, friends, lovers, enemies and colleagues. He examines her disastrous marriage to Oscar-nominated bad-boy Sean Penn and her piquant adventures with Hollywood lothario Warren Beatty, revealing how she lost the battle of their legendary egos - and the battle of the bedroom. We also read about Madonna's private life in America and in London, her tastes and tantrums, her fears and joys, and her personal sadness over the early death of her mother. Thompson reveals not just the career-driven Madonna but also the character of a woman haunted by early tragedies.