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Sammy Davis Jr. Me And My Shadow Paperback – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Samart Enterprises; 2nd edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965567559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965567558
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

According to Silber, Davis was one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen. Perhaps this claim is true, but readers would never know why from this amateurishly written memoir. Silber, who spent 20 years as Davis's personal agent, offers a reminiscence that tells us much more about Silber than Davis. From the late 1940s almost until Davis's death, Silber shepherded the entertainer through the vicissitudes of the show business world. During his early travels with Davis, Silber sees the ugly face of racism and grows incensed over the practice of prejudice in the South and other places that consigned Davis to second-rate hotels and derogatory treatment in spite of his star status. Silber devotes a disproportionate amount of space to boastful discussions of his sexual exploits, giving the impression that opportunities for sex with innumerable women was the major reason he enjoyed being associated with Davis. Silber ranges briefly over Davis's relationship with Kim Novak, his interracial marriage to May Britt (which made Davis a target of vicious attacks by the Nazi Party in America) and his relationship with the Rat Pack. Silber's ragged memoir reports one event after another in such breathless fashion that it provides a pastiche more appropriate to a scrapbook than a memoir. Moreover, the book lacks any connective tissue for the discrete stories of his and Davis's escapades, which then lack any particular significance or temporal context. 250 photos not seen by PW.
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Review

"...a real joy to "Follow The Yellow Brick Road" again with Sammy and Arthur..." -- Janet Leigh, June 2003

"...first hand experiences will give the reader added insight into the life of one of the worlds greatest entertainers." -- May Britt, June 2003

"One of the best books on Sammy Davis Jr. I've ever read!" -- James Bacon, Beverly Hills 213, July 2003

HOLLYWOOD IS READING: Me and My Shadow, an intimate portrait of Sammy Davis Jr. -- Hollywood is Reading Jill Jackson's Hollywood

This memoir of Sammy Davis Jr. is like being a fly on the wall as life of famous celebrity unfolds. -- Hollywood Behind the Scenes by Alice O'Neill LA Times week of 9/27/03

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Alice King on October 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Me and My Shadow is a story filled with all the joy, love, pain, happiness and sorrow one could possibly live in a lifetime. Being a black women and growing up in the era of racism and Jim Crow, I could feel the pain I was reading about. To color Sammy's love for another and to label humans for sharing, showing and giving their love is the demarcation line that ran through Sammy's life.
Through it all Arthur Silber gave me a glimpse of what true but sometimes complicated, unconditional love was all about.
My first thrill when I opened the book was to see all the spectacular photo's. I got a clear picture of Arthur and Sammy's life. The pictures were a treat for my eyes and it provided me with a window into their soul's.
Thank you Arthur for letting me in on the good, the bad and the ugly. Thank you for showing and telling me about Sammy's persuit of love and acceptance, in a world where being the proper color was everything and no matter how much talent Sammy had, he still was not able to walk through the front door.
To see two people share a relationship that was as close as a family member's without being blood is a true testament to Arthur and Sammy's character, in a time when being black meant, you stay on your side of the trackes.
The read was tasty, the pictures delectable and the story is Golden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ilene on October 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I like this book because the author, Arthur Silber Jr., was actually there during the so called "Rat Pack" days, and witnessed these events first hand. Also, I come from a long entertainment background, and his show-biz vernacular is right on! It is interesting to get a bird's eye view of this history, and this is a fabulous book.
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I have worked professionaly with Mr. Silber and I believe him to be a truthful storyteller without ulterior motives. Reading this book is like listening to his stories just as he has recounted them to me. I enjoyed the fact that this book is not "as told to", nor is it glossed over with happy endings and filled out with sordid details. The photographs are marvelous, the majority being taken by the author himself while on the job. This book reminds the reader that an era is gone and what passes for entertainment these days is sad in comparison.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra R. DeSilva on September 30, 2003
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This is an easy read and an excellent book defining the struggle of Sammy Davis Jr. as he worked to become a superstar, written by his best friend who shared the life experiences with Sammy. No one else has written a book on Sammy Davis Jr., that I am aware of, who has actually experienced a relationship with Sammy. The book has over 300 photographs most of which are obviously from the personal photo album of the author. They give a wonderful validity to everything written in the book. People of Co lor today may be surprised to learn just how much Sammy did to make their freedoms possible. This book is an excellent read. By the way, I notice on your website that you list publisher as unknown. In fact, the publisher is Samart Enterprises, as stated in the book, the company formed by Sammy and the author and still owned by Mr. Silber.
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