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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (17 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739322141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739322147
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 15.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,922,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Astonishingly well-researched...incredibly well-sourced" Independent on Sunday "Summers and Swan tell us much that is new, and with panache. Compelling ...sterling work" Sunday Times "Astonishing book...uncovers new evidence" Daily Express "A definitive, generational work" Vanity Fair "First-rate reporting...dense and intimate" People --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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The first and last definitive, fully-documented,massively researched birth-to-death biography of Frank Sinatra by the bestselling author of File on the Tsar and Goddess:The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov 2005
Format: Hardcover
Having read the George Jacobs book and being a fan of his music I bought this with some prior knowledge of Frank but the detail in this book was beyond anything I expected. His early days, the mob, the Kennedy's, Communism, Ava Gardner etc. are covered here with an objective view neither condemning nor condoning. Well researched and written, I couldn't put it down and I'd recommend it to anyone. It was a very good book.....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Though containing none of the controversial or explosive material often associated with Summers' books, this is one of the better biographies of Sinatra.
Much of it is taken from other published sources, which is slightly disappointing, but as a comprehensive and easy-to-read biography it has great merit. Certainly for anyone new to Sinatra's life this book will be informative and save many a pound on buying other, less thorough biographies of the man.
Summers remains on the whole neutral in this work, presenting fact, fiction and anecdote for the reader to interpret, but while leaving few dark areas unexplored he gives recognition to Sinatra's hard work and determination to get to the top and stay there.
A good one to have on the shelves for a well-rounded look at the life of this complex man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. H. Morris on 1 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is very well researched, fairly well written and very comprehensive about Sinatra's dark side but there is very little about his music and films. So the question that has to be asked is "Do the authors of the book even like Sinatra?" I would say no, I can't recall a single sentence that shows any passion for Sinatra's art. That's what rankles me about this obsession with Sinatra's evidently quite serious flaws. Sure, there are the Mafia connections, the womanising, the mistreatment of friends and colleagues, suicide attempts, heavy drinking, violent outbursts - all of this is shocking stuff, but for a true Sinatra fan, all of this pales into insignificance next to the sheer joy and beauty of his music. So ultimately, this is a very boring book because it fails to discuss Sinatra as a serious artist. I don't doubt any of the stories that paint Sinatra as a nasty piece of work, but that stuff is just not interesting compared to his creative work which in this book is almost entirely ignored. If you don't believe me, I had to check several times in the index to confirm that Gordon Jenkins, one of Sinatra's major collaborators and arrangers and so important in his artistry, is mentioned ONCE in this book. Yes, once. That is truly astonishing and unforgiveable for a book that unfortunately fails to display any interest in why it subject is so revered. (As a comparison, it's like having a book on Lennon that discusses his jealousy, drug addiction, nastiness, insecurity for 400 pages, then has one sentence on the whole of the Imagine album).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Garfield on 26 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read Anthony Summers' book 'File on the Tsar' many years ago and was impressed with the depth of research. I was similarly impressed with the depth of research involved with this biography of Frank Sinatra, unquestionably one of the greatest entertainers of all time. But I finished it feeling just a little let down; it incorporates a considerable amount of material, some old, some not so new, about Sinatra's already well documented connections with the Mafia. It is also unsparing in its description of Sintra the flawed human being. I just couldn't help feeling that it almost needed more material about Sinatra the artist, genius or not, to balance it up a little, or at least to round it off; certainly I finished it with the overriding impression that Sinatra was a thoroughly unpleasant character, and certainly not a sympathetic one.

On top of that is the book's deceptive size: the whole volume has a total of 573 numbered pages. The actual narrative, however, takes up only 389 of those pages; the remainder comprises extensive 'Notes and Sources' (and an index), plus acknowledgements.

So although I generally enjoyed it, if anyone were to ask me for my personal recommendation for the best Sinatra biography available, I would unhesitatingly say the (earlier) one by J. Randall Taraborrelli.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brawny Withed on 21 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
Having now read this book twice I am happy to say that Sinatra: The Life is an interesting, engaging and even-handed look at the life and work of arguably one of the most iconic entertainment figures of the twentieth century Francis Albert Sinatra.

The book takes us from Sinatra's birth in 1915 through his childhood, his career up's and down's and his later life and death. It discusses both his Music and Film careers in quite a lot of depth and details both the good, bad and medicore work he was involved with.

It also doesn't shy away from Sinatra's links to Organized Crime,his political dealings and his complicated and erratic personal life.

I like this book for many reasons, one is that the book is expansive and is a thorough glimpse through Sinatra's life and times. Secondly the book is an entertaining read with information gathered from hundred's of interview's from high profile names from Hollywood Star's, to local resident's of Sinatra's hometown of Hoboken New Jersey.

For me this is the defintive book on Frank Sinatra's life and work and I highly recommend this to anyone with just a passing interest in him and his music.
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