Sinatra : The Life

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In 1941, at age twenty-five, Sinatra told a friend, 'I'm going to be the best singer in the world'. Two years on, the bobbysoxers were already weeping and screaming for him in their thousands. Half a century on Bono defined him as 'the Big Bang of popular music'. 'To hell with the calendar,' a music critic wrote before his death in 1998, 'The day Frank Sinatra dies, the twentieth century is over.' There have been many books about Sinatra, but the last comprehensive biography was Kitty Kelly's HIS WAY, published in 1986. it has taken renowned biographer Anthony Summers years to research this new biography, which promises to be the definitive story of a musical and film career spanning six decades. In this massively documented book, meticulous investigation is coupled with sensitivity to examine every aspect of Sinatra's life, public and private, from his obscure beginnings in an immigrant neighborhood in Jersey City to his twilight years as a living legend in Palm Springs. It tells the human story of an American icon who was irresistible to women and who was plagued throughout his life by scandal and hints of links with the Mafia. In this book, Summers finally uncovers the whole more

Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 38mm | 427g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0552153311
  • 9780552153317
  • 790,023

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"Astonishingly well-researched...incredibly well-sourced" * Independent on Sunday * "Summers and Swan tell us much that is new, and with panache. Compelling ...sterling work" * Sunday Times * "Astonishing book...uncovers new evidence" * Daily Express * "A definitive, generational work" * Vanity Fair * "First-rate reporting...dense and intimate" * People *show more

About Anthony Summers

Anthony Summers worked for many years as a senior producer on Granada's World in Action and on the BBC's Panorama, and produced many landmark TV documentaries. His bestselling books include THE FILE ON THE TSAR, CONSPIRACY (about the JFK assasination which won the CWA Gold Dagger), GODDESS (about Marilyn Monroe) HONEYTRAP and THE ARROGANCE OF POWER (on Nixon). Robbyn Swan is a writer for VANITY FAIR, LIFE MAGAZINE and more

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Sinatra is the complete life story, for the first time, of a man whose career was built on raw talent, sheer will power - and criminal connections. Anthony Summers, best-selling author of Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and Robbyn Swan deliver stunning revelations: - Sinatra's Mafia connection, and its origin in the hills of Sicily - His tangled relationships with U.S. presidents - His tragic passion for Ava Gardner, including the actress' own bittersweeet memories - and moving interviews with other women who loved him - The alcohol consumption that was not a joke, but a destructive addiction. 'Summers and Swan tell us much that is new, and with panache...Compelling' Sunday Times 'A definitive, generational work' Vanity Fair 'Astonishingly well-researched...incredibly well-sourced' Independent on Sunday 'First-rate reporting...dense and intimate' People 'Anthony Summers never writes a book that fails to offer accurate material you will find nowhere else...No surprise then that Sinatra: The Life is one of the very few, bona fide, three-dimensional portraits of an amazingly complex, interesting and sometimes god-awful guy' Norman Mailershow more

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