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    DescriptionMore than a quarter-century after his death, Bob Fosse's fingerprints on popular culture remain indelible. The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment, forever marking Broadway and Hollywood with his iconic style -- hat tilted, fingers splayed -- that would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse's innumerable achievements, no accomplishment ever seemed to satisfy him, and offstage his life was shadowed in turmoil and anxiety.Now, bestselling author Sam Wasson unveils the man behind the swaggering sex appeal, tracing Fosse's untold reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn "The Pajama Game," "Cabaret," "Pippin," "All That Jazz," and "Chicago," one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources -- friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of whom have never spoken publicly about Fosse before -- Wasson illuminates not only Fosse's prodigious professional life, but also his close and conflicted relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli to Ann Reinking to Jessica Lange and Dustin Hoffman. Wasson also uncovers the deep wounds that propelled Fosse's insatiable appetites -- for spotlights, women, and life itself. In this sweeping, richly detailed account, Wasson's stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for revealing Bob Fosse as he truly was -- after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.


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    Title
    Fosse
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sam Wasson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 723
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 61 mm
    Weight: 998 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780547553290
    ISBN 10: 0547553293
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF, AN, APB
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: APFB, AVGM
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: BIO005000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15880
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    DC21: 792.82092
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: PER011020, PER013000
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    DC22: 792.8/2092
    B&T Approval Code: A07802000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A07200000
    BISAC V2.8: PER018000
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    LC classification: GV1785.F67 W37 2013
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Imprint name
    Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Publication date
    05 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Review quote
    Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2013 Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2013 NPR's Best Books of 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Seller Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of 2013 Newsday's Top 10 Books of 2013 Los Angeles Public Library Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013 Kirkus Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013 "Mr. Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales--required reading for anyone eager to understand his brand of -- to use a term that appears here constantly, and can't be outdone -- razzle-dazzle." --Janet Maslin, "New York Times""Fascinating and exhaustive biography...Mr. Wasson has taken complete control of his subject." --"Wall Street Journal"'He thought he was the best, and he thought he was terrible.' The man in question is legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse, whose celebrated life and career get their due in Sam Wasson's spellbinding 695-page biography, Fosse. You don't need to be a Broadway expert to enjoy this portrait of a man whose rise to power was famously fueled by insecurity. It's all here: accounts of his monstrous, masterful directing style; the explosive personal battles behind his Tony-winning triumphs; his incendiary relationship with Gwen Verdon. Wasson simply doesn't miss a thing. Give the guy a (jazz) hand. A-" --"Entertainment Weekly ""Impeccably researched." --"Vanity Fair" "The only thing that could have been better than Sam Wasson's page-turning, comprehensively rendered biography of choreographer-director Bob Fosse would have been Fosse's own memoir...Wasson's own narrative style has a jazzy, discursive and relentless energy well aligned with its subject." --"USA Today" "Thorough and lively biography." --"New Yorker," Briefly Noted"Amazingly well-written." --"New York Journal of Books" "Unlike countless biographies of artists and performers, "Fosse" does not rely on dime-store psychoanalysis in explicating its subject and his flaws...Wasson, so