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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.
Filled with detail but seriously needs editing. Yes, I get how obsessive he was to accomplish everything he did but I believe the editor fell down on the job, not the author whose... Read morePublished 1 day ago by SYBIL BLAZEJ-YEE
This seemed to be a "definitive" biography of Mr. Fosse. It was brilliantly written, providing insight and information that came from an exhaustive interview process with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Timothy J. Mcdonald
A (somewhat long) look at Fosse's life, directing, dancing, love, philosophy --- probably more than most people who are not theater geeks like myself will need.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RonAnnArbor
Excellent Bio of an outstanding choreographer and directorPublished 2 months ago by J. Parks Hammond
Whew - it's long, but very readable and enjoyable. Really got to know Fosse well and author did a good job of making him real and showing all sides of him.Published 2 months ago by cc
For any one interested in the Broadway Musical it's a must read.Published 2 months ago by John Actman
I thoroughly enjoyed the early years..opened my eyes to where his talent came from and who influenced his work. However, as he got older, he never matured. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg