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Danny Kaye: King of Jesters Hardcover – November 1, 2012

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About the Author

David Koenig is chief editor for Newport Beach, Ca.-based magazine publishing house Cutler Publishing. He received his degree in journalism from California State University, Fullerton, and has become arguably the theme park industry s best-known outsider, after penning such best-sellers as Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland; Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation & Theme Parks; and Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bonaventure Pr (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937878015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937878016
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A well researched and fascinating look at a troubled but talented performer by an author well known for his clear, even-handed writing style that has garnered him many fans over the years. As in his other books, Koenig presents just the facts without indulging in psychological assumptions behind the stories. While Koenig is sometimes discreet in talking about things, he is never dishonest or misleading. This is not a snarky tabloid look at a performer who could generate strong emotions, both positive and negative, but Koenig does not avoid the blemishes. He just does not focus on them. The book covers the entire career of Kaye and is organized in such a way that a reader can simply jump to a particular project and read a satisfyingly complete glimpse into its origin, development and conclusion. In the handful of sections where I have some particular expertise and knowledge, I was both pleased and surprised at the new information and perspective that Koenig shared. I found myself flipping through the book to just skim a section and an hour later had read many pages beyond what I originally intended without realizing the passage of time. At best, I am a casual fan of Kaye but my interest in old movies, television and stage was greatly rewarded by this book. At the end of the book, in tiny type are almost a dozen pages of notes and sources demonstrating the author's commitment to tell a story in a way it has never been told previously. I would recommend the book not just to fans of Kaye but fans of entertainment biographies. It is fun, fair and fascinating.
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David Koenig provides an in-depth look at the career of Danny Kaye in this entertaining, thoroughly researched biography. Spanning Broadway, films, television and more, Kaye had a remarkable career arc and it's all here, film by film, show by show, from his early success in Lady in the Dark, through his films for Goldwyn, Paramount and others, his hit television show, back to Broadway and beyond. It's all about the work and as such it's first-rate. Written in a detailed yet easily readable style, this book is the perfect reference for all fans of Danny Kaye. It's organized by project and, as such, makes the perfect reference book you can pull off the shelf long after you've read it page by page. It's a must for anyone interested in Danny Kaye or the golden era of American entertainment in which he played such an important part.
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A well-balanced, well-researched book on one of the most versatile and skilled entertainers of the 20th century. In addition to the outstanding catalog of information on Mr. Kaye's career, Mr. Koenig explores the personal and professional relationships of both Danny Kaye and his wife Sylvia Fine without getting bogged down in rumor and innuendo. When describing the events and occurrences surrounding the temporary split of husband and wife during the late 1940's, it was refreshing to have the author present Danny's and Sylvia's respective thoughts on the matter rather than interviewing countless outsiders with irrelevant assessments.

Some criticize the book for not enough "personal" material. In terms of Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine, one thing seems to be abundantly clear: both of them personally engendered strong emotional reactions from their acquaintances, business associates and each other -- be those reactions either positive or negative. I would rather read a book, such as this one, which sticks to established facts and to quotes from the principal players than to dredge up scandal and gossip from those with an axe to grind. On that note, I think the book had an abundance of personal detail -- just not the type of detail you might glean from listening through a keyhole.
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Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading David Koenig's Danny Kaye: King of Jesters and I'm speechless. There aren't many Danny Kaye books out on the market, so I was thrilled to see this one recently published. It was very well researched with tons of amazing facts, dates and personal information that kept me glued to this book hour after hour. It had complete listings chronologically of the entire of Kaye's body of work as an actor, each filled with tons of fascinating details.

This book did not paint Danny as a saint, but neither did it make him out to be a villain [as some past books have]. It simply told the story of a very talented human being with all the same worries, pains and joy we all face.It told the story of one of Hollywood's most beloved comedians, dancers and singers and it told it beautifully.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Hollywood history, the life of Danny Kaye or would just like an enjoyable book to read.
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Wonderful book and great service. Nothing much on his personal life but really good at the professional part.
Very comprehensive.
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Thought I knew everything about Danny Kaye, but it was amazing the info that author Koenig came up with that has never been published. I learned a lot in the enjoyable read (one of those rare books you can't put down). Interesting too were the remarks from people who knew and worked with Danny, but had never been interviewed before this publication. Great research (detailed in the back of the book) by the author.
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