- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson (6 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0283073705
- ISBN-13: 978-0283073700
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mr S: The Last Word on Frank Sinatra Hardcover – 6 Jun 2003
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Juicy tidbits concerning the Mob, Marilyn, the Kennedys and other cool stuff Robbie Williams can but dream of. -- Q Magazine, June 2003
George Jacobs is generally considered 'the last of the Rat Pack', a member of the exclusive club that has fascinated us for decades. He worked as Sinatra's valet and confidant from 1953, when Ava Gardner had just left him, until the end of his marriage to Mia Farrow in 1968. Racy and revealing, MR S. is a record of one of the longest and most outrageous mid-life crises ever as George helped Sinatra juggle his multiple mistresses - women like Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly and Peggy Lee. And it wasn't just women: Hollywood stars and Mafia bosses, the Kennedys and European royalty all have a part to play in Frank's glory years. But above all there was the Rat Pack who accepted George as one of their own. Dean Martin tried his comedy routines out on him and Peter Lawford did his drugs in front of him. MR S gives an insider's view of the highs and lows of life with the Rat Pack - the spectacle, the sex, the unrecounted brawls, violence, tensions and hatreds among the revellers at the wildest moveable feast of the centurySee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
But the problem I found with this account, was that it soon descended into a
repetitive litany of Frank Sinatra's despotic excesses with his need for hookers, his association with gangsters, his spiteful practical jokes, his vendettas etc. . The people he associated with also seemed to have very little to admire, including well known film stars & celebrities and politicians.In the end, as the list of Frank Sinatra's (and indeed others) excesses mounted and mounted, I completely lost interest as so much seem contrived.
The author contradicts himself often, but this is a good read.
If you are interested in a little background information on what Hollywood was really like in the 50's and 60's, then this is the book for you.
Highly recommended, not just as a biography, but as description of a lifestyle when Hollywood was still young.
The Bad- Not enough disclosure on the authour himself, he seems like an interesting guy in his own right and I wanted to know more about him.
The Ugly- The frequent accounts of Frank and his Rat pack buddies
sleeping with prostitutes,one paragraph descibing this would have
been enough for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Better than I would have hoped. I wasn't a Sinatra fan, so hearing about his ups and downs was interesting and very entertaining. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DAVID POUSTIE
An amusing look at fragments of Sinatra's life. Better written than most of this genre.Published 4 months ago by Peewit
brilliantly written and hugely enjoyable account of life up close with Sinatra and his circle. A must read for any fan.Published 4 months ago by David J. Jones
Excellent book...very factual as it would be as told by his butler.....you will really enjoy it if you are a Sinatra fan.Published 5 months ago by I. Becker
good read. with many inside information that only someone so close could know abouit Frank SinatraPublished 8 months ago by Anne A