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on 26 April 2001
What a delightful book!! This well researched bigraphy of one of the greatest entertainers the world has and will ever know, is truly enjoyable. Never having been an ardent fan, rather an interested spectator this book covers so much ground even Sinatra himself could have learned a thing or two! In chapters covering high profile events that have often been considered "delicate" Taraborrelli does a grand job of presenting the evidence from many cources leaving the reader to make his/her decision on what really went on. This is no doubt the books strongest point. Also, the author never seems to judge Sinatra and although at times he seems to delve into this mans psyche he does so in a way that makes Sinatras character more appealing. I personally fouond the insight into Sinatras relationship with Monroe extremely interesting. As someone who has researched her life it was gratifyting to read of the singer sentiments for the star. In general this book is an attractive option for anyone with an interest in this era of hollywood and music. THe author is extremely good at keeping you aware of the history of the times and even better at including such interesting information about the recordings Sinatra made. This truly is a wonderful book and I feel that it even does the great man justice!
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on 18 November 2003
I have read a number of books regarding the life and times of Frank Sinatra and this is the most balanced of them all. Stories that can't be proved one way or the other are presented in the following way; "This is the most often told rumour regarding this incident, this is how much I have been able to verify, now make up your own mind regarding the rest." Excellent. Unlike other writers, I was unable to determine what the author felt about Frank, and that is as it should be. Other books are written by people who clearly love or hate him and are slanted to reflect whatever impression they want the reader to leave with. If you want to read the facts are far as they go and then make up your own mind regarding the rumours, this it the book for you.
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on 26 May 2013
Frank Sinatra didn't have the best start in life, but I had hoped the successes & benefits that came his way would soften his attitudes. Sadly, it was not to be. He treated people in an appalling way, & it seemed nothing could smooth his rough edges. He was a brilliant Singer & Artist, but as a man he learned very little. He expected the best of everything from everybody, yet his only contribution to improve anything was to throw money at it. Very little came from his heart. His only worthwhile legacy was in his music. It's sad when people have a wealth of experience in which to improve things & leave a lasting impression, but fail because their ego is too big. Such was the case with Frank. He could rarely sense the needs of others, his priority was always himself!
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on 15 August 2012
He is an interesting character. This book is full, I mean really full of loads of facts and hearsay. I love it. It outlines the man himself. A man of great talent, and compassion and understanding. But with the ladies....here there and gone tomorrow. Read this book, I can give a review and Im only halfway through it...a good read indeed!!!!!!!
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on 25 December 2014
Excellent book dealing with a complicated and sometimes unpleasant man. A good read.
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on 8 October 2014
Really interesting
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on 25 September 2014
great value
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