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. Frank Sinatra said that, as a child, he heard 'symphonies from the universe' in his head. At twenty-five, he told a friend he planned to ...
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. Frank Sinatra said that, as a child, he heard 'symphonies from the universe' in his head. At twenty-five, he told a friend he planned to become 'the best singer in the world'. Soon teenagers worldwide were behaving as though he were just that. He was 'the Big Bang of popular music', as U2's Bono has put it, and he remained a towering figure for more than fifty astonishing years. 'The day Frank Sinatra dies,' an aficionado declared in the early nineties, 'the 20th Century is over.' It ended in 1998 by that reckoning, and six years after his death here is the landmark life story the legend deserves. Sinatra was much more than his music. He was a political maverick, lover of a multitude of women, prone to violence and - most controversially - linked to the Mafia. Renowned biographer Anthony Summers and co-author Robbyn Swan have worked for four years to track down the truth and unravel the mysteries. They deliver stark new facts on Sinatra's tangled relationships with U.S. presidents, interview the women in his life, and get to the heartbreaking core of the tempestuous marriage to Ava Gardner. In a sensational breakthrough, they uncover the origins of the Mafia connection, and trace the course of a life lived dangerously. SINATRA penetrates the private world the singer famously kept closed. It is packed with shocking revelations yet always remains compassionate and fair. This is the definitive book on a complex, flawed genius, from masters of the craft of biography.
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-05-09 The second collaboration for the husband-and-wife team (after their Nixon bio, The Arrogance of Power) is hardly the first book about Frank Sinatra, and despite their claim to be the only objective biographers to address the crooner's final years, the book's later chapters feel rushed compared with the lengthy passages covering Sinatra's well-trod glory days. Furthermore, since Sinatra's musical genius and acting skills have been thoroughly analyzed by previous writers, Summers and Swan put in minimal effort there. Where their work does stand out is in firming up the evidence of organized crime's "continuing interest" in Sinatra, from affirming that the famous scene in The Godfather only slightly exaggerates how he got his breakthrough role in From Here to Eternity to exploring his possible role as a go-between for the mob and John F. Kennedy. The pair also break new ground in depicting what they describe as Sinatra's alcoholism, pointing out that he frequently drank all night long, and his abusive treatment of women, for which they cite cases. Yet even when the authors say Sinatra raped a woman or fathered another woman's child out of wedlock-and they make good cases for both-their delivery is a lot closer to objective biography than tabloid sensationalism. A&E's airing of a linked documentary, timed to coincide with the book's publication, as well as a first serial in Vanity Fair, will create significant interest in this latest Sinatra saga. 32 pages of photos. (May 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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