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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I was looking for a good bio of Danny Kaye.
David W. Nesbitt
David Koenig provides an in-depth look at the career of Danny Kaye in this entertaining, thoroughly researched biography.
Robert S. Ray
I learned a lot in the enjoyable read (one of those rare books you can't put down).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim Korkis on November 9, 2012
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Ray on November 11, 2012
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Herbie J Pilato on November 11, 2012
From the elegant front and back covers to everything else in between (including rare photographs and perspectives), this book is a thoroughly-researched, extremely well-written, and very detailed biography of the genius that was Danny Kaye. Author David Koenig chronicles Kaye's life with so much precision and enthusiasm, this work becomes one of the most delightful entertainment books of 2012. A fantastic job!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walter P. Sheppard VINE VOICE on May 14, 2013
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This is not a biography, which is what I was hoping for when I bought the book. It is, instead, a reference book of Kaye's movies, stage appearances, television shows, and the like. It provides behind the scenes information about the creation and production of each, plus casting and directing notes and broadcast/premier dates. The amount varies widely from show to show. The writing is straightforwardly functional. The dust jacket has an actively ugly caricature of the inimitable Danny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael McCrann on February 7, 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Severinsen on November 14, 2012
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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By T. Boyd on January 5, 2014
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My son, age 23, just discovered the magic that was Danny Kaye. I bought this as a Christmas gift for him and he loved it.
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