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The Way You Wear Your Hat

The Way You Wear Your Hat [Kindle Edition]

Bill Zehme
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Within is a masterful assembly of the most personal details and gorgeous minutiae of Frank Sinatra's way of living--matters of the heart and heartbreak, friendship and leadership, drinking and cavorting, brawling and wooing, tuxedos and snap-brims--all crafted from rare interviews with Sinatra himself as well as many other intimates, including Tony Bennett, Don Rickles, Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, and Robert Wagner, in addition to daughters Nancy and Tina Sinatra. Illustrated with scores of photos, The Way You Wear Your Hat captures the timeless romance and classic style of the fifties and the loose sixties and is a stunning exploration of the Sinatra mystique.


A biography of Frank Sinatra, this text is part memoir and part scrapbook. Each chapter begins with a piece of advice, story or anecdote from Sinatra himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 298 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (21 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002FQOI6O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Way. 29 July 2008
I have searched for this book for years and finally found it in the magnificent Strand bookstore whilst I was on holiday in New York. The wait was worth it - yes, it is Frank Sinatra through rose-tinted spectacles but I love Mr S so I didnt care. Zehme's writing is masterful, moving and a mine full of big Frank's one liners. The book made me want to be cool (and I most definitely am not) and to be in Vegas when Sinatra ruled supreme, even if only for one night. When I turned the final page I felt like I had lost a friend, for we all have.
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Just when you think that you have read everything on the man and there is nothing more to know along comes a book which, from the moment that you open the covers and read the first page, somehow makes you feel that you are taking part in his life and his style of living. I don't recall ever reading any biography or autobiography that so captures the moments, the entertainment and the joy of living in the way that this book and the photographs combined manages to do. I will never give this book away nor will I ever risk lending it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the STRING around your finger, BABY 13 Nov 1998
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One of the most concise reviews of a life.....LIVED!!! From the moment HE speaks from his bedside manner, men should listen to the truth of livin' large and within the humanity of the blue eyes it's written about. Sinatra had the blemish of being human, while having the forgiveness of a society that doesn't forgive. Without giving away all the frailties of the man, the book relates the lessons learned on all His long nights. There is no percussive blow to the dialogue between the author and subject, just the relatedness between the two. God bless the martini and the way it should be served.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frankie....but not quite. 29 Aug 2012
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I confess to being an unshakable Sinatra fan so I too enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it in spite of the slow recognition that all of the anecdotes had been gathered from elsewhere, some can be heard on Youtube 'Roasts' or on Johnny Carson interviews. Others are quotes from some of his concert performances on disc. While little of it is new, it is still an amusing read, albeit from the perspective of someone determined not to write anything bad or to broach any of the more lurid accusations levelled at Sinatra over the years. But I didn't care.... I'd marry him anyway.
Just one small thing.... what is this word 'thusly'? Used far too often and not good writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Swingin' Kinda Tribute... 18 May 1998
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...but it ain't a biography. Zehme cooperates by presenting us with the Frank that Frank wanted us to know. He doesn't really plumb anywhere that Frank hasn't already gone in a song or a late-night early-morning cocktail confession (read: performance). But, hey, I'll buy every round just to bask in the presence. After reading this paean to a world into which I was meant to be born, I was put back in touch with the simple pleasures like friendship, loyalty, and good scotch. I pulled the book out again after a argument at a party the night of his death. I was countering the position that he was "very bad man". This book will help to allay that attitude and understand the man a bit more. If nothing else, you will understand the allure of the man and his lifestyle. (The many photographs help in this respect.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 26 May 1998
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I finished this book about a week before he died and loved it. No, there isn't a lot of dirt, but so what? This book portrays a passionate man who lived every moment with wit and style. A lesson most of us need to learn. It's exactly like the title says...The Lost Art of Livin'. The anecdotes are hilarious and make you feel that you're right there living it with him. A must read for anyone who loves Sinatra or 50's/60's retro.
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