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Frank Sinatra: An American Legend Hardcover – November, 1995

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Singer Nancy Sinatra calls her father "a maverick who lives by rigid codes. A winner who feels connected to losers," and this unabashedly affectionate tribute is a moving portrait of an individualist both as man and as artist. Frank Sinatra's recording, performing, acting and personal activities unfold here month by month, year by year, in diary-like, dated entries decked out with some 400 color and b&w photographs, including many from the family's private archives. Interviews with or quotes from the 79-year-old himself, memorabilia, letters, insets and recollections by friends, lovers, co-stars (Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Lancaster, Mitch Miller, Sammy Cahn, ex-wives Mia Farrow and Ava Gardner, etc.) round out this album. Included is an illustrated, heavily annotated filmography of his 50-year screen career. Every serious Sinatra fan will want to own this volume, a visual knockout. 250,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; first serial to Life magazine; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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These three books are due for publication in time for Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday. Two are somewhat similar. Britt's and Nancy Sinatra's efforts are both colorfully and copiously illustrated coffee-table books. Their subtitles reveal the viewpoint of the writers: they come to praise. Britt (The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, Harmony: Crown, 1986) has organized this book by time periods and concludes each chapter with sections on recordings, movies, and performances. This leads to some unnecessary duplication. Additionally, there are some errors. Montgomery Clift did not receive an Oscar for From Here to Eternity and the Woodstock Festival occurred four years after, not before, Sinatra's Newport Jazz Festival appearance. Overall, the text seems to take a back seat to the illustrations. In her book, daughter Nancy is quite concerned with presenting the facts, making extensive use of eyewitness accounts and many interviews. This book is not a mere revision of her earlier Frank Sinatra, My Father (LJ 12/85), but a great deal is lifted directly from it. Comments and reflections from people who have worked with or been associated with Sinatra, such as Doris Day, Bing Crosby, and Richard Nixon, are liberally strewn. Nancy does a good job in refuting a lot of the charges that have been made about her father over the years. At the same time, she is very careful to quote almost exclusively from positive reviews. A most balanced picture of the man can be found in The Frank Sinatra Reader. Compiled by two professors of American studies, it contains essays and articles spanning the entirety of his career. The writers range from Stephen Holden and John Rockwell of the New York Times to fellow performers like Rosalind Russell and Harry Connick Jr. More material critical of Sinatra appears here than in the other two books put together, but it is still in the minority. The Reader is recommended for popular music collections and public libraries, Sinatra's and Britt's volumes as gifts for Sinatra fans.?Michael Colby, Univ. of California, Davis
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: General Pub Group; Har/Com edition (November 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881649687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881649687
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
No wonder this book is so thick- it's filled with numerous photos of Frank Sinatra, his family, and friends over the years. I love looking at these pics, and so will any other Sinatra fan. There is detailed info throughout the book as well. This is one worth having in your collection.
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Here is Sinatra stripped of everything who leaves me knowing he has deserved my love and admiration all these years. With Sinatra, he drove himself through life going after whatever he wanted and risking the consequences. We get to look at his ups and downs and his prides and his falls. We see him suffer at love and sing about it. We see him finally, after all the aborted tries, finally sink himself into a relationship with his last wife that kept him happy until he died.
Life for Sinatra was all or nothing at all and he did life his way and fell into lots of tender traps and led some into his own tender traps, like one famous movie star I will let you discover on your own.
What so special about Nancy's book is that she is amazingly organized and objective in her account of her father's life. And the CD, well the CD is everything. You get to hear Sinatra on Sinatra, unabashed.
Everyone on the planet needs to buy and read this book to learn what life can be when you go for it all every day!
Kudos to Nancy for a biography well, well done.
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Great book by daughter Nancy. Great insights into the private and public life of her father as well as his musicianship. Pound for pound, Frank Sinatra is the greatest male vocalist that ever lived !! This book is a must for every Sinatra fan. Highly recommended !!
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By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was a wounderful timeline of the life and times of Ol' Blue Eyes from the people that loved him. It includes rare pictures and unique stories not found in other books.
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Sinatra was the century's greatest entertainer, with the sole possible exception of Louis Armstrong (sorry, Elvis fans -- TV Guide had it wrong!). I'm only in my thirties, but Sinatra has come to mean more to me than almost any other singer (except for Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald). This book is an excellent retrospective of his life, told chronologically by his daughter Nancy. Full of pictures and anecdotes from his friends and family, the book is free from most of the overblown hype and scandal-sheet tone of other biographies. While it is only an introduction, and not the last word, the book is a joy to read. As a bonus, a CD comes with the book, containing a number of rarities unavailable anywhere else. When you're done with this lovely volume, turn to Will Friedwald's book on Sinatra's music; at this point of my life, I don't really care to know more about Sinatra's personal struggles, but I do want to know as much as I can about his most enduring legacy: his music. And Friedwald does a better job than anybody else ever has.
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Bernard Barton (BBarton@worldnet.att.net)
An excellent portrait by Frank's beloved daughter
Nancy;( A bit of trivia, in honor of Nancy, Phil
Silvers of Sgt. Bilko fame wrote a song in Nancy's
honor called 'Nancy'. One of the best lines in the song is "Picture A Tomboy In Lace, That's Nancy, with the laughing face"; which Frank performed and recorded several times in his career.)
My uncle Ben Barton was partners with Frank in a music publishing venture. I met Frank several times. My uncle and I had many conversations over the years about Mr. Sinatra. Nancy presents an accurate, compelling portrait of an American Idol. Nancy does, of course project her Fathers views on how Frank was treated over the years by the congress and particularly the "media".
But she also acknowledges Franks personality traits that serve as a counterpoint or explanation of why certain elements of the United States Congress and the media have treated Frank over the years. An excellent value for such a detailed, well illustrated book full of family pictures that we generally never get to see of one so famous as Frank Sinatra. A solid 9 out of ten.
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This wonderful book is a real trip to the days when music was music! It did not wake up the neighbors, nor rattle your car when stopped at a stoplight. His amazing voice was a real treat, and now this book brings him back!!!
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By A Customer on February 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book has excellent pictures with the most vital information for a biography project. A great buy and great read for interested fans of Ol' Blue Eyes.
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