Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. Kindle Edition
|Length: 754 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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- File size : 5543 KB
- Print length : 754 pages
- Publication date : August 21, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 21, 2012)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B00915ZRQM
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,863 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Through this autobiography, I've learned a lot about Sammy Davis, Jr ... and, surprisingly, about
many of his friends. People like Frank Sinatra, Eddie Cantor, Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle come out as
incredible examples of *good* people. Anyone would be lucky to have friends like them.
In the book, we learn life lessons along with Sammy, as well as some very good tips about performing on stage
(as a magician, I really appreciate these!)
We also see the darker side of his life ... the continual struggle with racism, and the effect on his life.
The Kindle version is the second worst OCR'd book I've ever purchased. I'd be shocked if it was produced by the copyright owner ... it's bad. Really, really bad. Not a paragraph lacks one or more typos (the most consistent is "die" for "the"). In some places, the errors are so bad the reader has no idea what was written or meant.
In a couple of places, it's clear that one or more lines or paragraphs simply disappeared.
Amazon should yank this from sale and ask the copyright owner to create a faithful OCR'd version.
Note: this goes from his birth to about 1962 ... there is a sequel which deals with the second half of his life.
As some reviewers pointed out, there is some duplication of theme ... but I think most of it is forgivable, particularly the sections dealing with racism and segregation.
The book would clearly have benefitted from an editor and footnotes ... at times, he'll mention a name and the reader has no idea who he's referring to. Some details are omitted (e.g., *when* did he get a divorce from
his first wife (Loray)?).
One of my favorite lines: (on racism) "I don't want people to dislike me before I've earned it."
One fascinating insight about racism / freedom in the U.S.A. vs. the UK:
"Social equality is all they have for the Negro there [UK]. In America, although we have
far less social equality, we have constantly expanding opportunity, and that has to be the best."
If a publishing company is fortunate enough to have the pleasure of printing the Sammy Davis junior story you would thing it would be written by a bunch of great ghost writers.
However, this is how they paid tribute to him by pairing him with writers who couldn’t write a fifth grade level book. I think this was done intentionally cause there is no way a professional would publish this kind of autobiography. The lack of continuity, scene changed without warning. It was difficult to follow the story. I love Sammy and his story was intriguing I just wish somebody else would have written his story. Sequence was skipped. It wasn’t consistent. One paragraph he was married and the next he was engaged to some one else. No continuity.
That said, What a life!! What perseverance!! And strength and talent and heartbreak and dazzling achievement. Oh man.
What is absolutely disgusting is the racism he received. When he was in the army, some of the white soldiers did something so abhorrent, it made me sick. What is wrong with people? Of course, it goes on today, and not only to African Americans. But because of people like Sammy Davis, Jr., it is perhaps not as prevalent as it was.
God bless Sammy Davis.
Top reviews from other countries
The book will leave you disheartened at times, but will ultimately bring you through a journey of triumph. Sammy broke standards and stereotypes, and this book is truly a testament to his work.
I have a much greater appreciation for Sammy after having read his biography. I highly recommend.
In a book with a perspective more usually shared by amazing women like Carrie Fisher, he strips bare his faults and examines the causes of his debt, his need for recognition and applause. It's an absolutely fascinating book which should be required reading for any student of the Civil Rights movement.