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Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter,Joey & the last great showbix party: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party Paperback – 1 Jun 1999
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If you're not inclined to read individual biographies of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., Shawn Levy's Rat Pack Confidential is a perfect one-stop resource. Less a group biography than a series of impressionistic snapshots, the book is loaded with can't- miss material--the dirt on the making of Ocean's Eleven, information about Sinatra's wild stint as a casino owner, deep background on Peter Lawford's habit of introducing Jack Kennedy to glamorous starlets, wiretap transcripts of mobsters Sam Giancana and Johnny Formosa discussing Dean Martin's lack of respect. Levy, whose previous book, King of Comedy Is a serious consideration of Jerry Lewis's life and career, offers similarly well-considered insights into the members of the Rat Pack. He covers Davis's lifelong struggle against racism and the complicated intertwinings of the Kennedy political machine and "the Clan," as the performers preferred to be called (they often denied anything like the Rat Pack even existed and resisted collective references). The book's debts to its predecessors are often apparent; much of the material on Sinatra's friendship with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, for example, appears to have been gleaned from recent Bogart biographies. The writing style, which tries to capture the ring-a-ding-ding feel of the era, also owes serious debts to Nick Toches by way of James Ellroy, while only intermittently reaching their level of mastery. But these are minor quibbles. As a synthesis of 30 years worth of journalism and celebrity biography, Rat Pack Confidential succeeds in portraying the supernova blowout of old-school showbiz in all its dazzling glory.
Acclaim for Shawn Levy's "King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis: "
"Superb....Levy's ambitious (and entirely successful) biography is a model of what a celebrity bio ought to be--smart, knowing, insightful, often funny, full of fascinating insiders' stories, always respectful but never worshipful."
"--Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"Among the finest, most show business-savvy screen biographies ever written."
"One of the great, clear-eyed showbiz biographies of our time--a book worthy of comparison to the genre masterpiece, John Lahr's "Notes on a Cowardly Lion.""
"From the Hardcover edition."
Acclaim for Shawn Levy's King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis:
--Los Angeles Times Book Review "Among the finest, most show business-savvy screen biographies ever written."
--Boston Phoenix "One of the great, clear-eyed showbiz biographies of our time--a book worthy of comparison to the genre masterpiece, John Lahr's Notes on a Cowardly Lion."
--Boxoffice From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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