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'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-"
"The reason I picked up Fosse, though, has as much to do with its author as with its subject. . . . Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities. (The cast of characters is enough to recommend the book: Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote, Henry Mancini, Edith Head.) More than that, he understands that style matters, and, like his subjects, he has a flair for it."
"Sam Wasson’s Fosse is terrific in both senses of the word. It’s magnificent and frightening in equal measure, a biography so detailed and exacting that it makes you feel so close to Bob Fosse at all the major and many of the minor events of his life that you can practically smell the cigarette stink . . . Fosse is one of the best, most entertaining biographies I have ever read. . . . [Wasson's] intelligent prose flies off the page. He’s not only an impressive researcher—he interviewed more than 300 of Fosse’s friends and associates— but a wonderfully witty writer who chose every one of the book’s vast number of words with extraordinary care. And he’s got a killer sense of humor. Some sentences of this book are so damn funny that I laughed out loud." — Film Quarterly
I highly recommend this book for those interested in dance and theater, and of course for Fosse fans.
Although he wasn't always the nicest person, this book goes a very long way towards showing why he was such a compelling personality.
Sam Wasson manages to pull off a literary pas de deux writing exactly like Bob Fosse danced and choreographed.
I am a big fan of Fosse's work but I found this biography tough going...one must be very devoted not to find it tedious.Published 17 hours ago by bbm
One of the best theatrical biographies I have ever read! It got inside Fosse's mind and made you understand his genius. Whatever you do, don't miss reading this 600+ page book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bill W. Dodge
Great depiction of the life of a dance-legend, but really, made for somewhat dry-reading.Published 18 days ago by Krishna Thomas
Fascinating study of a true genius consumed by his art. It was a backstage look at musical theater creative processes and the toll they take on those who bring each show to life. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Paula J Palmer
I'll read any book about Fosse. This one was well-written and thoroughly researched.Published 1 month ago by Darlene
Fosse was a brilliant artist but a horrid megalomaniac who treated people terribly. I saw so many of his works on Broadway, & had I known I believe I would have boycotted them,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Bragg