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Dean Martin: King of the Road Paperback – 17 Jun 2005


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; New edition edition (17 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861058829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861058829
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Freedland is a freelance journalist and broadcaster specialising in personality interviews and acclaimed Hollywood biographies. He wrote and presented the Radio 2 series on Dean Martin, the story of a man he himself interviewed, both in London and Hollywood (a rare event for Dean did not enjoy talking to journalists). Freedland also met Jerry Lewis and numerous others quoted in this definitive biography. His previous work includes 'Jack Lemmon: Some Like it Cool' (1861055102) and 'Liza with a "Z'" (1861056818), both published by Robson Books. He lives in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Devaney on 15 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
Freedlands biography is a handsomely mounted tome, ticking all the correct boxes regarding the life and times of Dean Martin, it covers all the relevant areas, childhood, discovery and stardom, then superstardom and eventual decline, though it is such a dry depiction that this reader was left struggling to maintain interest,

To be fair there is nothing particularily wrong with this book it is simply that it comes across a selection of frequently recounted anecdotes and reminiscences that any self respecting Dino fan will have heard countless times before, that said, for anyone wishing a general overview of the man's life and times it is of value, however for anyone wanting to get below the surface then, in this readers opinion, head for Tosches Dino Bio instead, far superior and far more comprehensive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tanj on 3 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
It is praised as one of the best books about Dean Martin and it was an easy read but I feel, I could have learned so much more, but I didn't. The last 10 years of his life, where he lost his son, is a little chapter of about 20 pages.
I feel, I will have to get a second biography just to learn more about his wives, Jerry Lewis and the Clan.
But for a quick overview it's recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Iveson on 30 Sep 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a reissue of a 1983 book entitled Dino. Dino was the first major biography to be written solely about Dean, the only one before that was Everybody Loves Somebody by Arthur Marx, which more more of an Homage to the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis machine. I remember getting Dino and lapping it up in the 1980's as at that time there wasn't much of anything about Dino around. This edition has a few more anecdotes which probably couldn't be used in the first edition because nearly everyone who was mentioned was still alive at the time, and one in particular stands out as a criticism of Dean for his part in Bells are Ringing, it's notably absent from the first edition. It is well produced, bound and presented and stands as a good fast read of Dean's life and career. I like it as straightforward overview but for more in depth discussion and interpretation of events you'd need to read more widely. I don't think the definitive biography has yet been written, but having read them all, this is as good a place to start as any in my opinion
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By gibson on 25 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK FROM START TO FINISH.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Dino deserves a better biography than this 15 Jan 2007
By Blue Eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dean Martin, one of the most successful entertainers in history, deserves a better biography than this hastily written, poorly edited, work of pulp.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Memorable Biographies Are NOT Made of This 10 Mar 2013
By Scott T. Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This lackluster 2004 biography on the enigmatic Dean Martin truly needed an editor, proofreader and fact-checker. Some good insights on the Martin & Lewis partnership and the long-running variety show, but not much else. For a journalist who interviewed the "King of Cool," Michael Freedland is sloppy with his source material. By all means avoid "King of the Road" and read Nick Tosches' indispensable "Dino" (1992).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Barely informative, terribly written 8 Jan 2009
By Widsta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought this book must have been a rush job, written to capitalize on Martin's death-- it reads like it was thrown together in a week.

The writing is awful-- sentences that are almost incomprehensible, non-sequitors abounding, a smarmy tone in an attempt to sound jaunty, many facts questionable if not downright wrong (The Lewis/Martin reunion was on the MD telethon not the "Frank Sinatra Show"-- whatever that was) . Save your time and money-- read "Martini Man" for a good bio.
King of Cool!!! 22 May 2013
By pat lake - Published on Amazon.com
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Fast easy read! Book is well written and I read it in 2 days really enjoyed it. Even the chapters with Jerry Lewis were bearable. Totally recommend this book!!!
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dean martin biography 4 Oct 2008
By James Tomatore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i own alot of dean martin biographies, this is one of the ok ones. most of the book is spent on deans partnership with jerry lewis and thru out the whole book in my opinion is discussed too much. they also dont even mention his son dying in a plane crash until the next to last page and then its back to jerry lewis again.
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