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Sinatra: The Life Hardcover – 10 May 2005
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'A compelling account of a tantalizing life...An instant bestseller.' -- Irish Times
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The first and last definitive, fully-documented,massively researched birth-to-death biography of Frank Sinatra by the bestselling author of File on the Tsar and Goddess:The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe.See all Product description
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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.
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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