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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
If you love Fosse, you'll love this. In my opinion the greatest. choreographer ever. Not the greatest person, but he is great. Great reading interesting man. I highly recommend.Published 16 days ago by Robin the Hockey Fan
If you are a fan of minutia, you I'll love Fossie. This biography contains ALL you could ever want to know about this fascinatingly obsessed and obsessive giant of dance and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best biography I have ever read. The subject, Bob Fosse, is covered completely and objectively. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen J. Murphy
Essential for any fan, it is exhaustive, and paints a full picture of the man and the myth. It will take you awhile to get through, but you won't regret it.Published 2 months ago by K. Demaree
Exhaustive and exhausting. Impressive research in unearthing everything about this interesting man.
At times it just became too much, but then I was interested in learning... Read more
It got a little long winded but oh the other hand it was thorough and well organized. I now know a LOT more about Bob Fosse and Broadway shows in general.Published 4 months ago by Tracy Walvatne
I debated a lot whether or not to give it 4 stars or 3. I liked the book, but it was waaaaay too long. It could have been cut at least by a couple of hundred pages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jo Flowers