Frank : The Voice

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Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra s humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra as man, as musician, as tortured genius.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 786 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 55.88mm | 1,088.62g
  • Anchor Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Frontispiece; Halftones, black and white
  • 0767924231
  • 9780767924238
  • 297,809

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"Wonderfully vivid.... The story of Frank Sinatra's rise and self-invention and the story of his fall and remarkable comeback had the lineaments of the most essential American myths, and their telling, Pete Hamill once argued, required a novelist, 'some combination of Balzac and Raymond Chandler, ' who might 'come closer to the elusive truth than an autobiographer as courtly as Sinatra will ever allow himself to do.' Now, with FRANK: THE VOICE, Sinatra has that chronicler in James Kaplan, who has produced a book that has all the emotional detail and narrative momentum of a novel. Kaplan writes with genuined sympathy for the singer and a deep appreciation of his musicianship, and devotes the better part of his book to an explication of Sinatra's art: the real reason readers care about him in the first place. "
--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times
" Monumental... FRANK: THE VOICE is a timely reminder of what all the fuss over Sin
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About James Kaplan

James Kaplan has been writing about people and ideas in business and popular culture, as well as notable fiction (The Best American Short Stories), for more than three decades. His essays and reviews, as well as more than a hundred major profiles, have appeared in many magazines, includingThe New Yorker, theNew York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, andNew York. His novels includePearl s ProgressandTwo Guys from Verona, aNew York TimesNotable Book for 1998. His nonfiction works includeThe Airport, You Cannot Be Serious(coauthored with John McEnroe), Dean & Me: A Love Story(with Jerry Lewis), and the first volume of his definitive biography of Frank Sinatra, Frank: The Voice. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.

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