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3.0 out of 5 stars Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams, 3 Dec. 2011
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I found this book fairly interesting but felt that the author was reluctant to use the many good tales of Dean Martin's generosity but decided instead to concentrate on all the negativity and even filled up with pages and pages of mafia information, which could have been about 10 pages less! This book is written part factual, part fantasy, which really spoils the book. If it had been written as factual rather than adding imaginary thoughts of how Dean Martin spoke and how he viewed the world, I would have enjoyed this book more. This author never even interviewed or even met Dean Martin yet he imagined he knew what he was thinking?! The bad language and the profanities were totally unnecessary as they weren't quotes from Dean Martin himself, but just the indulgence of the author, which was unnecessary and irrelevant to the book. He also added many Italian words but sometimes forgot to translate, which was incomplete. Also, he added his own opinions at times showing contempt for his subject, not the makings of a good journalist, I'm afraid. At times, the hatred for Frank Sinatra was also very evident. Towards the end of the book, it felt as if the author had given up on his subject and had lost interest finishing the book with Italian prose (without translation). On the whole, Dean Martin doesn't come out of this book too badly as there are many quotes from various people who worked with him and said they found him to be very professional and a wonderfully, warm and generous person without ego (this was often repeated by many people). There are notes at the back of the book with sources of information, a discography, movie section and index which show the depth of research made by the author, which I did find useful and interesting. However, if you want to read a good book on the REAL Dean Martin, (funny stories and all) read Ricci Martin's or Deana (whiney) Martin's books which reveal their father to be a wonderful, caring LOVELY family man. Even after reading this book by Nick Tosches, Dean Martin still comes across as a very likeable person. In fact, having now read a few books on Dean Martin, I can honestly say he was one of the nicest men in showbusiness and there will never be anyone like him!!
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