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Janet MaslinJimmy McDonough wasn't one of Tammy Wynette's lovers. He didn't know her, except from afar. Yet he has managed to arrange a tryst with her in some No-Tell Motel of the spirit, achieving an intimacy that many biographers covet but few enjoy…You "bookish types," as Mr. McDonough describes his readers, will surely want to listen to her sing on the basis of this book's recommendations. With an emphatic sense of her place in country music—at the top of the heap, casting a shadow big enough to obscure today's woefully synthetic assembly-line singers—he combines a love of her overlooked and minor classics with a compelling big-picture life story. His opinions are often corroborated by the colorfully authentic voices of those who knew her well and marveled at her moxie.
—The New York Times