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Frank: The Voiceby James Kaplan
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Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs.
Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century — infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.
Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument. We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra's journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra — as man, as musician, as tortured genius.
"Fascinating.... For anyone who wants to know what popular culture and celebrity felt like around the middle of the twentieth century, this book is the new bible." Booklist
“The answer to 'what is there left to say about Sinatra' is staggeringly answered in James Kaplan's new book. This story has never been told with such incisiveness, care, research and respect. With so many new revelations, you might never really know who Frank Sinatra is until you read this book.” Michael Feinstein
“Jim Kaplan’s great gift is his own voice, in peak form — stylish, seductive, and richly resonant — that stands up to Sinatra’s powerful baritone. This is a perceptive, passionate biography of an immense and immensely flawed musical figure whose life and legend continue to fascinate.” Bob Spitz, author of The Beatles
“This is biography at its very best — the story of a fascinating character brought to life as never before through superb writing, impeccable research and penetrating insight. It is a terrific book.” Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals
“Sinatra was to 20th Century stagecraft what Churchill was to statecraft: the towering presence of the age. In this lyrical narrative, suffused with a mastery of popular culture, Frank is back — this time as a major figure in American history.” Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One
“James Kaplan succeeds not just in bringing Frank Sinatra alive in all his complexity, but in revealing in detail how he consciously, deliberately, and painstakingly transformed himself into a triumphantly successful entertainer and a national icon.” Michael Korda, author of Ike
“At long last, we have a biography of Sinatra worthy of the man...a pop innovator whose influence remains incalculable, whose art remains undiminished. James Kaplan tells this story with the authority of a writer who inhabits his subject from deep inside. The pages fly by on the wings of song.” Gary Giddins, author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams and Warning Shadows
Bestselling author Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs. He reveals Sinatra as man, as a musician, and as a tortured genius.
Bosworth goes behind the image of an American superwoman, revealing Fondaand#8212;more powerful and vulnerable than ever expectedand#8212;whose struggles for high achievement, love, and successful motherhood mirror the conflicts of a generation of women. As actress, activist, businesswoman, wife, and mother, Jane Fonda has pushed herself to the limit, attempting to please all, excel in every arena, be everything. Weand#8217;ve read her version of her controversial life, yet nothing can prepare us for this genuinely revelatory account of Janeand#8217;s engrossing, sometimes shocking journey. Supplemented by the psychiatric records of her suicidal, bipolar mother, Fondaand#8217;s FBI file, and interviews with her intimates, this perceptive portrait strips away hype and the subjectand#8217;s own mythmaking. Patricia Bosworth shows us what a toll Janeand#8217;s quest to excel (and please her demanding father, Henry) exacted and sheds light on truths sheand#8217;s glossed over: her rejection of her mother before her suicide; the death threats and self-doubts of her antiwar crusade; her second husband Tom Haydenand#8217;s habit of putting her down while spending her fortune; the emotional downfall that led her to stop acting and marry Ted Turner. Lee Strasberg once said that Jane had "panic in her eyes," and it is this wounded but so familiar womanand#8212;human yet still heroic, the embodiment of a generationand#8217;s conflicts and triumphsand#8212;whom Bosworth captures so utterly and definitively.
About the Author
James Kaplan is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. He coauthored John McEnroe's autobiography, You Cannot Be Serious, a number-one New York Times bestseller, and coauthored the bestselling Dean and Me with Jerry Lewis. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.
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