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Product details

  • Paperback: 643 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books Inc (15 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386189
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time." -William Safire, "The New York Times"
"A compelling page-turner...Kitty Kelley's book has made all future Sinatra biographies virtually redundant." --"Los Angeles Herald-Examiner"

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The most eye-opening celebrity biography of our time. "The New York Times"
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A compelling page-turner . . . Kitty Kelley s book has made all future Sinatra biographies virtually redundant. "Los Angeles Herald Examiner""

About the Author

Kitty Kelley is a journalist who has written for "The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, "and more. She is the bestselling author of "Jackie Oh!; His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra; Elizabeth Taylor: The Last Star; Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography; The Royals; The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty; Oprah: A Biography; "and "Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick s Iconic Images of the Kennedys.""


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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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One would not expect a Kitty Kelley book about Frank Sinatra to have any great profundity, but *His Way* stands as a major cultural and social document of our times. Sinatra is one of the most-worshipped gods of our age. His life story shows all over again how much misery goes into "lifestyles of the rich and famous," and how much corruption comes out. Sinatra's origins were unromantic. His mother was a neighborhood abortionist. This was an albatross around young Frank's neck. Symbolic of our age, he grew up to personify the "good life" -- the suave, wealthy, hyper-romantic, carefree, yet blues-ridden one -- in his art, while his life embodied many kinds of evil. His mafia connections are well known and, like other unpleasant details of his legend, the book removes all doubt as to their authenticity. The most remarkable thing about *His Way* is in fact the superb job Kelley does of writing and documenting it. She researches and writes like a seasoned college professor. Like most muckrakers Kelley's truthfulness has been called into question, but the book seems entirely trustworthy, especially at a time so many entertainment deities are revealing themselves as tragically flawed or worse. Sinatra, the king of musical romance, bullied, used, and abused women, including his gentle wife Mia Farrow. The worlds of entertainment, crime and politics came together when Frank and company helped get JFK elected President. Frank was supposedly king of the heap himself, but displayed a pitifully boyish awe toward his fellow rake Kennedy, even after he himself helped to "create" Kennedy as president. *His Way* is a chronicle of an egomaniac who knew no restraints. He cause endless harm to others, then wrote them a check to cover their suffering.Read more ›
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No doubt a lot of what Kelley says is true, but I found myself not caring about much of it. When I want perfect morality and ethics, I usually don't look to the entertainment industry, and by the end of the book I think I learned more about Kelley than about Sinatra.
Not recommended. Check out Donald Clarke's less biased All or Nothing at All, or, for more music, Will Friedwald's book. I borrowed Kelley's book from the library out of respect to Mr. Sinatra -- I didn't want to spend five bucks on this kind of garbage.
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This is a bit of a slog to read only because of the detail, but don't let that put you off. It is a real eye opener. I was always aware that ole Frankie wasnt always the nicest of blokes, but, this really shows what a complete **** he was. I have wondered since whether the author had any comebacks from writing this book.
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fascinating book if you want to know the background and off stage persona of Frank Sinatra. I have been trying to get hold of a copy for years so delighted when there was a kindle version. A Really good read.
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great gossip and even new stuff - and i've read them all - she certainly has a beef in for him, though and sometimes that gets in the way - i love sinatra and she does not - she's probably right! but no one can sing those songs like he does, and that's what matters
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Very interesting book about a very interesting, if slightly controversial character. The story of Frank Sinatra's life from an unauthorised viewpoint.
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Not to be taken too seriously. It confirmes alot about what has all ready been written.Enjoyably scandalous in the inimitable Kitty Kelly way
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