Well researched? Exhaustingly so!
Detailed? In the extreme!
(Too) Detailed? Affirmative!
(Too) lengthy? You bet!
Hats off to Giddins for putting Bing Crosby in the right perspective in this well researched, detailed and scholarly account of Bing's early years. That's on the up side. On the down side, Giddins' book is not a
thrilling read. It completely lacks the suspense or surprise that makes a good biography (or any book in general) a page turner (even though the facts are generally known): will the protagonist make it, will he succeed, will he win her, will the next engagement put him on the way to fame and fortune, will his next record be a hit? But no, Giddins' just states the facts. His style is very formal (compare this with Nick Tosches' Dean Martin biography!) and completely devoid of humour. So I find the book a mixed blessing and, the facts notwithstanding, I doubt I will buy the sequel when it comes