- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (May 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312078668
- ISBN-13: 978-0312078669
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,426,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bing Crosby: The Hollow Man Hardcover – May, 1981
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Always an admirer of Crosby's style and entertainment gifts I was pleased to find the book refreshing and educational regarding his early career and climb to mega stardom. It's clear that much research went into the writing of the book. While, at times, it seems like the authors are most critical of Bing Crosby and more supported of the close relationships he had, I still found the book to be a fairly factual read about Crosby's life and his achievements. Title aside, and it's clear the authors do not care much for Crosby as a man, I wouldn't call them vindictive. However they certainly referenced him from the beginning of the book as a man who used everyone else to achieve his goals. He was most commonly referred to as "lazy" and not in a favorable manner.
Much in this book is about other famous people who worked with Crosby and the relationship he had with them; however the content is viewed through these authors' eyes. So take the pleasure of reading about this icon and do your own assessment of Bing based on prior knowledge and this books references.
I would recommend it to anyone wanting to research Crosby's life or anyone who just wanted to read a biography about Bing Crosby. As I said, it's a good read and well written. That's my opinion.
Again, I'm not saying he was a sociopath, but, rather, that much I have read about him fits that description, and I do remember reading many years ago Gary's description of how he was treated by his father; I believe it.
"Bing Crosby, The Hollow Man" dispels the image of Bing and reveals a side of Bing that the public, at that time, knew nothing about. There is no doubt that Bing was his own man, as attested to not only in this book, but even that of his second wife, Kathryn, and that of Rosemary Clooney in an interview that she had given concerning working with Bing on White Christmas. Bing did what he wanted to do and he seldom, if ever, let anything get in the way of his golf outings, hunting and fishing expeditions, and other amusements. He was, after all, a man after his own heart and if we're honest, many of us know men like that. They're human and being human, they have flaws. Bing, like Elvis after him, was no different.
"Bing, The Hollow Man" was written several years after Bing passed away. It was also published (and possibly written) before Gary (Bing's first-born son) had written his own memoirs. The book is well researched and well written and I perceived that while it showed a less pristine, less flattering side of Bing, it also didn't hesitate to give praise and credit where it was due Bing.Read more ›
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While I wish this book had been titled differently, it is a well-researched, well-written book. This book is able to show what a complex man Bing Crosby was, and it gives some... Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by AGS
I purchased this biography because I discovered that our family has Bing Crosby in our family tree (distant cousin). Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Budget User
When BING CROSBY became a superstar in the early thirties with records and movies,it was the JAZZ age. Read morePublished on July 25, 2002 by ALAIN ROBERT