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Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra Paperback – Bargain Price, April 6, 2004
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About the Author
George Jacobs has refused countless offers to tell his story. Until now. A master chef and carpenter, he lives not far from the old Sinatra compound in Palm Springs, Florida, where he continues to be one of the toasts of that star-filled town.
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George Jacobs spares no one, not even himself, as he floats this narrative, in great detail about the 15 years he was Frank Sinatra's right hand man.
This is not a happy story. Maybe I'm the most naive person on the planet, but I was shocked to find out that MOST of the Star Power that I admired, ALL lived empty, unhappy, lives. Mr. Jacobs is brilliant at reeling you in and blowing your mind. It's a TELL ALL that includes practically every person who was part of Sinatra's inner circle throughout the years.
George Jacobs wrote this in such a way, that by the time I finished the book, I felt like I knew him and in the end I shed a tear for him.
The difference in this book from all the others is the perspective. George lived with Sinatra longer than anyone. He can tell us from the inside. Everyone else is telling it from mostly the outside. Also, George tells it with love. One has to have respect for someone like George, who, despite the bad ending, remained a true friend, despite Sinatra's rejection, and disinterest.
Another difference of this book is the way the story is told. It is like George is YOUR friend and he is just having a casual conversation with you. It seems he is confiding in you, showing his vulnerability, showing you his heart. He tells us of all the sides of Sinatra, and even when it is less than flattering, George tells us with such reverence, that it seems like George is telling it from a place of needing to understand it himself. One never feels George is gossiping or mean-spirited.
The book is an easy, quick read. It's a bromance. If one loves to read about pop culture this book is for you. And if you are a Frank Sinatra fan, this is a must-read.