- Paperback: 668 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374522685
- ISBN-13: 978-0374522681
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,162,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. Paperback – December 1, 1990
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It reveals the earlier more optimistic Sammy Davis Jr. He was usually referred to in his glory days as the greatest all- around entertainer show- business ever had. And in truth he was a terrific dancer, a quite good but not great singer, and just a remarkably energetic entertainer. He had humor about himself and about the world, about his one eye, about his being a black Jew. One interesting part of this book tells about his friendship with Jeff Chandler an actor who was Jewish and who died young. And how that influenced on Davis's own decision to convert to Judaism.
Davis was a person who you radiated not only great energy but a great hunger to be approved of and loved. He received tremendous applause on stage but perhaps that did not fully satisfy his need. Raised without formal schooling, and always on the road he too had a restlessness about him as if he were never at home in the place he stood. There was something to my mind tremendously moving about this part of his stage identity.Read more ›
I would recommend this book to anyone who has had a dream in life and thought of it as impossible, Sammy would definitely make you believe that you can accomplish anything in this world. Yes I can is a winner in my eyes.
If you have any questions as to how his life changed in the years after this book was published do not forget to read his daughter's, Tracy Davis, biography about her famous father named "Sammy Davis Jr., My Father"
Finally, I especially recommend this book for anyone who is planning to write his/her own autobiography because you will learn a great deal just by reading it
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very candid, one of the most revealing celebrity memoirs I have ever read. I really don't care for Sammy Davis Jr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew
Read this book when I was in high school. It's interesting reading it from a different perspective.Published 3 months ago by chipmunk53
Even though I grew up during segregation and remember "whites only" signs I never realized what they went through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by F. Denise Roe
I found myself looking at Sammy Davis in a different way . Throughout his story you learn about a very compassionate
, loving man who just wanted to be equal . Read more
Yes I can, is an excellent account of the life of Sammy Davis Jr. and his family,Published 5 months ago by robert michaels
Sammy Davis Jr. was one of the most talented entertainers in the world, and he made it to the top of the mountain in his profession. In this book he tells you how he did it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RV