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Frank: The Making of a Legend
     

Frank: The Making of a Legend

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by James Kaplan
 

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ISBN-13:
9780751541403
Publisher:
Sphere
Publication date:
10/28/2011

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Frank 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
JacksonNYC More than 1 year ago
This is not just one more biography to join the innumerable list of one of the world's greatest entertainers, Frank Sinatra. Kaplan's exhaustive research and straightforward style reveal new and never before written details of Sinatra's extraordinary, tumultuous, and complicated life. It is written with almost the same aggressive, in your face, larger than life way, in which Frank Sinatra lived his life. Kaplan tells it bluntly, yet exhaustively, always probing into one of the eras great and powerful entertainers and showing the reader what a gifted, troubled, and multi-layerd man he was. The cliche and over used claim of a book being a "page turner" actually is right on target here. it just never let's go. An important, meaningful addition to the legendary Frank Sinatra. Read it whether you are a life long fan or critic and you will come away with even more insight into one of America's singular talents.
joiseygoil More than 1 year ago
I feel like I was living with Sinatra through this book and can't wait for the next one. What a fascinating man and of course, I am a fan of his singing. Kaplan was so exacting and I wish I could have heard every song he discussed....and now I discovered how to on this machine. Great read ... I couldn't put it down. Whether you know who he is, read it.
StellaBee More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a comprehensive biography of Frank Sinatra, you won't find it here. Too much time spent on Ava Gardner and no time addressing the 1960's Sinatra and the classic Reprise recording era. I learned more than I cared to know about the young Frank and his hijinks.
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Darrold More than 1 year ago
great author (I am now reading one he co-authored with Jerry Lewis). emphasizes how great Sinatra becomes at his art, and also how flawed in his personal life. How he hates to be alone at night, how he behaved as a high roller, the promiscuity, alcohol and cigarettes. How he was spoiled and had tantrums if he didn't get his way or cut off a friend who he perceived offended him. How he always had muscle nearby in case of real or imagined enemies. All the while reaching the peak of his singing career. Theory about how the emotion came through his voice, making him an idol of teens. A wonderful study of greatness mixed with insecurity. It only goes past his comeback in From Here to Eternity in 1953. Covers the Ava Gardner years and some of the Vegas years. I loved the ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this biography, not only because of the in-depth portrayal of Frank, but also because of the behind-the-scenes look at Frank's world. From recording studios to the big screen, as well as the people who made him great, I was intrigued and engaged in the life Frank led. I felt myself sitting on the sidelines rooting him on and praising the likes of Nelson Riddle and Jimmy VanHeusen for their efforts to protect Frank for the genius he was, thus helping him to be successful despite his personal issues. The only criticism I had is that the story ended way too soon.
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I was so sorry to see this one end... i was totally absorbed into the life of Frank Sinatra while reading this book... rumor has it that its the 1st in a trilogy and man i hope so... i will keep my eye out for 2 & 3... Great read!
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KateKW More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book if you like to read about Sinatra's ties to mafioso! And, if you want to get disillusioned by the goings on of Lana Turner, Marilyn Maxwell, Ava Gardner and so on and so on. All these people seemed to do in their lives was to drink and have sex......once in a while Frank would sing or sometimes not even show up because he was busy with one of those women. I read those 700 pages in a few days....did not bother with the mafia stories. I used to have these people on a pedestal, but not anymore. How sad for all of them....money makes strange bedfellows!! I do still like 'ole blue eyes, but just cannot believe all the drinking and sex that went on with these women who I used to think had some class. The book is written very well and is interesting if you like to read about what I stated. I would highly recommend The Help instead.....something which most people in The Voice could use !
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