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His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra [Mass Market Paperback]

Kitty Kelley
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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1 Dec 1987
This is the book Frank Sinatra failed to stop,  the unauthorized biography of one of the most  elusive public figures of our time. Celebrated  journalist Kitty Kelley spent three years researching  government documents (Mafia-related material, wiretaps  and secret testimony) and interviewing more than  800 people in Sinatra's life (family, colleagues,  law-enforcement officers, personal friends). Fully  documented, highly detailed and filled with  revealing anecdotes, here is the penetrating story of  the explosively controversial and undeniably  multi-talented legend who ruled the entertainment  industry for more than fifty  years.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Dec 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553265156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553265156
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the night of December 22, 1938, two constables from Hackensack, New Jersey, headed for the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs to arrest Frank Sinatra. Read the first page
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a missed oppoortunity actually 7 Feb 2000
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An awful lot of work obviously went into researching this book - and it provides a good overview of Sinatra's life. However, it soon becomes clear that by only having access to people who disliked Sinatra you get a very one-sided account of the facts. Every fight is only told from the other guy's side, almost every media comment is from a paper that Sinatra had attacked. What one comes away from this book with is that Sinatra was mobbed up, that he was a terrible womanizer, that he had a violent temper, that he was very lonely much of his life, that he had an incredible voice, and that he wasn't a very nice person. None of this is really a startling revelation - is it? As a cultural icon, the whole point of Sinatra was that he did whatever the hell he wanted to all his life - the booze, the broads, the mob, the fights - and he got away with it. It destroyed the rest of them in the end, but Frank walked away without a scratch. When I started reading this I was impressed by the depth of the research, by the end the book struck me as clumsy, one dimensional, and without anything important to say about one probably the biggest star of our times
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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One would not expect a Kitty Kelley book about Frank Sinatra to have any great profundity, but *His Way* stands as a major cultural and social document of our times. Sinatra is one of the most-worshipped gods of our age. His life story shows all over again how much misery goes into "lifestyles of the rich and famous," and how much corruption comes out. Sinatra's origins were unromantic. His mother was a neighborhood abortionist. This was an albatross around young Frank's neck. Symbolic of our age, he grew up to personify the "good life" -- the suave, wealthy, hyper-romantic, carefree, yet blues-ridden one -- in his art, while his life embodied many kinds of evil. His mafia connections are well known and, like other unpleasant details of his legend, the book removes all doubt as to their authenticity. The most remarkable thing about *His Way* is in fact the superb job Kelley does of writing and documenting it. She researches and writes like a seasoned college professor. Like most muckrakers Kelley's truthfulness has been called into question, but the book seems entirely trustworthy, especially at a time so many entertainment deities are revealing themselves as tragically flawed or worse. Sinatra, the king of musical romance, bullied, used, and abused women, including his gentle wife Mia Farrow. The worlds of entertainment, crime and politics came together when Frank and company helped get JFK elected President. Frank was supposedly king of the heap himself, but displayed a pitifully boyish awe toward his fellow rake Kennedy, even after he himself helped to "create" Kennedy as president. *His Way* is a chronicle of an egomaniac who knew no restraints. He cause endless harm to others, then wrote them a check to cover their suffering. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great insight into the real Frank Sinatra 20 Feb 2011
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fascinating book if you want to know the background and off stage persona of Frank Sinatra. I have been trying to get hold of a copy for years so delighted when there was a kindle version. A Really good read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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No doubt a lot of what Kelley says is true, but I found myself not caring about much of it. When I want perfect morality and ethics, I usually don't look to the entertainment industry, and by the end of the book I think I learned more about Kelley than about Sinatra.
Not recommended. Check out Donald Clarke's less biased All or Nothing at All, or, for more music, Will Friedwald's book. I borrowed Kelley's book from the library out of respect to Mr. Sinatra -- I didn't want to spend five bucks on this kind of garbage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book 18 April 2013
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Very interesting book about a very interesting, if slightly controversial character. The story of Frank Sinatra's life from an unauthorised viewpoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes on.... 22 Nov 2012
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This is a bit of a slog to read only because of the detail, but don't let that put you off. It is a real eye opener. I was always aware that ole Frankie wasnt always the nicest of blokes, but, this really shows what a complete **** he was. I have wondered since whether the author had any comebacks from writing this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully scandalous 21 Nov 2013
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Not to be taken too seriously. It confirmes alot about what has all ready been written.Enjoyably scandalous in the inimitable Kitty Kelly way
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my way!! 11 Mar 2013
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Nothing alters the fact that Sinatra was a despicable boor, I'm amazed that his diehard fans won't tolerate any criticism of their hero. Lots of the info in Kitty Kelleys book is common knowlege and so is the lowdown on many other prominent public figures. There's nothing to dispute, live with it. His vocals grate on me and his movies were awful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
long book
Published 10 days ago by Mudd 007
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic , fast delivery. Thank you.
I would recommend this book. Compelling reading. On to my next book now! Great book, I couldn't,t put it down
Published 5 months ago by Debra Cruse
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper it's printed on.
Not a very good biography at all. Kitty Kelley is famous for writing trashy un-official biographies and this is just another example. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr_Chips
1.0 out of 5 stars lies, trivia and gossip from tabloids
First, Kitty Kelley is bad writer. His book has low style, poor language, dreadful structure. If Kelley has not chosen a scandalous theme, nobody read. Second. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Helen Belova
5.0 out of 5 stars views of sinatra
I have read previous books by Kitty Kelley recomend The Royals and The Family This book tells you Sinatra's Mafia links How he tret people How he bought his position in Life His... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by val
5.0 out of 5 stars book
This book was a true insight in to the real Frank Sinatra just could't put it down.
Would recomend it.
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars frank sinatra
A great read!For all Frank fans out there a gossipy and fun read about not only Frank but all the stars he mixed with.
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Melie
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra biography
A bit difficult to read... at least for a German. I thought it would be more fun but in my view its really clipping together some newspaper. Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by Susanne Kontouris
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