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Levy, whose previous book, King of Comedy, is a serious consideration of Jerry Lewis's life and career, offers similarly well considered insights into the members of the Rat Pack. He covers Davis's lifelong struggle against racism and the complicated intertwinings of the Kennedy political machine and "the Clan," as the performers preferred to be called (they often denied anything like the Rat Pack even existed and resisted collective references).
The book's debts to its predecessors are often apparent; much of the material on Sinatra's friendship with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, for example, appears to have been gleaned from recent Bogart biographies. The writing style, which tries to capture the ring-a-ding-ding feel of the era, also owes serious debts to Nick Tosches by way of James Ellroy, while only intermittently reaching their level of mastery. But these are minor quibbles. As a synthesis of thirty years worth of journalism and celebrity biography, Rat Pack Confidential succeeds in portraying the supernova blowout of old-school showbiz in all its dazzling glory.
Although the writing style on this book is faux cool, the stories about Sinatra, Martin, Davis and Lawford are very interesting and entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Drama Teacher
Nice "mini" bio on the guys. I would have loved to been old enough to have seen them in Vegas during their and Vegas's hey day. Love these guys.Published 1 month ago by F. Denise Roe
Since this book was published 6 years ago and has already been reviewed numerous time I will content myself with saying it was one of the most riveting and illuminating book I've... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Marantz
This is a great story, not only of the individual members of the Rat Pack, but of Las Vegas and its colorful characters, and the period of history in which the story is set. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. George Parsons