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Sinatra: The Life by [Summers, Anthony, Swan, Robbyn]
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"Astonishingly well-researched...incredibly well-sourced" (Independent on Sunday)

"Summers and Swan tell us much that is new, and with panache. Compelling ...sterling work" (Sunday Times)

"Astonishing book...uncovers new evidence" (Daily Express)

"A definitive, generational work" (Vanity Fair)

"First-rate reporting...dense and intimate" (People)

Irish Times

'A compelling account of a tantalizing life...An instant bestseller.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3732 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (25 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QXMYSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Having read the George Jacobs book and being a fan of his music I bought this with some prior knowledge of Frank but the detail in this book was beyond anything I expected. His early days, the mob, the Kennedy's, Communism, Ava Gardner etc. are covered here with an objective view neither condemning nor condoning. Well researched and written, I couldn't put it down and I'd recommend it to anyone. It was a very good book.....
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Format: Hardcover
Though containing none of the controversial or explosive material often associated with Summers' books, this is one of the better biographies of Sinatra.
Much of it is taken from other published sources, which is slightly disappointing, but as a comprehensive and easy-to-read biography it has great merit. Certainly for anyone new to Sinatra's life this book will be informative and save many a pound on buying other, less thorough biographies of the man.
Summers remains on the whole neutral in this work, presenting fact, fiction and anecdote for the reader to interpret, but while leaving few dark areas unexplored he gives recognition to Sinatra's hard work and determination to get to the top and stay there.
A good one to have on the shelves for a well-rounded look at the life of this complex man.
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Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is very well researched, fairly well written and very comprehensive about Sinatra's dark side but there is very little about his music and films. So the question that has to be asked is "Do the authors of the book even like Sinatra?" I would say no, I can't recall a single sentence that shows any passion for Sinatra's art. That's what rankles me about this obsession with Sinatra's evidently quite serious flaws. Sure, there are the Mafia connections, the womanising, the mistreatment of friends and colleagues, suicide attempts, heavy drinking, violent outbursts - all of this is shocking stuff, but for a true Sinatra fan, all of this pales into insignificance next to the sheer joy and beauty of his music. So ultimately, this is a very boring book because it fails to discuss Sinatra as a serious artist. I don't doubt any of the stories that paint Sinatra as a nasty piece of work, but that stuff is just not interesting compared to his creative work which in this book is almost entirely ignored. If you don't believe me, I had to check several times in the index to confirm that Gordon Jenkins, one of Sinatra's major collaborators and arrangers and so important in his artistry, is mentioned ONCE in this book. Yes, once. That is truly astonishing and unforgiveable for a book that unfortunately fails to display any interest in why it subject is so revered. (As a comparison, it's like having a book on Lennon that discusses his jealousy, drug addiction, nastiness, insecurity for 400 pages, then has one sentence on the whole of the Imagine album).
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is the best book on frank Sinatra I have read
And l have read a few
Recommended
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Having now read this book twice I am happy to say that Sinatra: The Life is an interesting, engaging and even-handed look at the life and work of arguably one of the most iconic entertainment figures of the twentieth century Francis Albert Sinatra.

The book takes us from Sinatra's birth in 1915 through his childhood, his career up's and down's and his later life and death. It discusses both his Music and Film careers in quite a lot of depth and details both the good, bad and medicore work he was involved with.

It also doesn't shy away from Sinatra's links to Organized Crime,his political dealings and his complicated and erratic personal life.

I like this book for many reasons, one is that the book is expansive and is a thorough glimpse through Sinatra's life and times. Secondly the book is an entertaining read with information gathered from hundred's of interview's from high profile names from Hollywood Star's, to local resident's of Sinatra's hometown of Hoboken New Jersey.

For me this is the defintive book on Frank Sinatra's life and work and I highly recommend this to anyone with just a passing interest in him and his music.
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I was gripped throughout this book by the detailed descriptions of the life of this ultimately sad and immature man. The descriptions of his abuse of women whom he used by the score to satisfy his insatiable lust will make you cringe. He was similarly indifferent to the needs of those who worked for him and tossed them aside, even after many years, like so much garbage. He demanded unspecified loyalty and a retainer who inadvertently did not meet his unspoken requirements would be sacked. He saw himself as a macho man but his bullying ways, including the beating up of those who crossed him, required his paid henchmen to back him up. And yet this draft dodger was slavishly obsequious to the Kennedys who used and abused him as he did others.

He was incapable of sustaining a mature relationship with a woman and the pervading sorrow of his life was that he tried and failed many times to do so with Ava Gardner. He would sob with frustrated longing that he could not have Ava back but never saw that what he wanted was an ideal, a chimera and not a flesh and blood woman. The fact that she was also emotionally damaged made the task impossible.

It seems he really wanted to be a mafiosi and he admired them. They also terrified him when he failed to do what they asked. His relationships with mafia figures are described in detail and with astonishing knowledge. His consumption of hard liquor and cigarettes were legendary and physically damaging.

He was a major artist and he worked long and hard to perfect his artistry. His need for the adulation of his public was like a drug and he sought this long after his talent had eroded. He was also a man who was capable of many acts of exceptional generosity.
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