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The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley Paperback – 13 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (13 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451613571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451613575
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

A feature writer for Entertainment Weekly, USA Weekend, and The New York Times, Alanna Nash is a longtime chronicler of popular culture. She is the author of five books, including Elvis Aaron Presley: Revelations from the Memphis Mafia and Golden Girl: The Story of Jessica Savitch, which was the basis for the feature film Up Close and Personal. Named one of the "Heavy 100 of Country Music" by Esquire magazine, Nash holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was the Society of Professional Journalists' National Member of the Year in 1994. Please visit the author's website: www.colonelparker.com

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Well, what can I say! Alanna Nash has painstakingly researched and written this book with real skill and professionalism. How she drew all the facts and info together and filled in the gaps with the real, reasonable scenarios made a, at times, a mind blowing read. The colonel really was a larger than life character, this is a shocking, but interesting, must read for all. Its hard to imagine anyone being more flambouyant than Presley himself, but the man and his story kept unfolding... Ive read a lot of the best novels concerning Elvis and his close friends, etc, and this is so well written and researched it fills in lots of answers and questions concerning Presley's life and is definitely in my top four Elvis (concerned) books. From small time carny crook, the colonel elavated himself to riches and power of his dreams, and snowed (covered) his blood stained past with his overblown character, assertiveness, guile, cunning, no scruples and buisness mind. The man drew a shroud over his entire life, did any of it exist? A force to be reckoned with! Superb.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle price is ridiculous 20 Dec. 2010
By DJ Wilbur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
something is very wrong when both a Hardcover and a paperback version is way cheaper than the Kindle download.

shameful and lame. I paid $11 for this last year and went to gift this to someone. I won't pay $16 for a digital download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review of "The Colonel" by Alanna Nash 1 Jan. 2012
By Jeff Schrembs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The storys about, and the relationship between, Elvis Presley and "Colonel" Tom Parker is (at the same time) as simplistic as "a handshake between the two men" and yet as complicated as the men themselves. They were, on many levels, polar opposites and yet similar in many ways and destiny has forever linked them personally and professionally.

The "pros and cons" concerning Elvis and "Colonel" Tom Parker have been discussed, publicly and privately, now for over six decades. For anyone to try to get to the "root" of the relationship between the two men would be undertaking a daunting task indeed. Yet, Alanna Nash has perfectly balanced the sides and created not only a book worth reading...but one worth owining and reading again and again.

Even to those who knew Elvis Presley from childhood, and were with him up through the day he died, they differ on what exactly was the relationship between Elvis and the Colonel.

Alanna Nash is a gifted writer who opts to state facts all the while weaving a story that compels the reader to continue "turning the pages". Alanna Nash has written an honest, compelling, and fact filled book and it should be required reading for those who are interested in the truth about Elvis Presley and "Colonel" Tom Parker.

I highly recommend this book.

Jeff Schrembs
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