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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a missed oppoortunity actually, 7 Feb. 2000
This review is from: His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra (Mass Market Paperback)
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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