The Voice

by James Kaplan


Paperback, 786 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $18.95 | purchase


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A revisionist portrait of the iconic entertainer analyzes the private world behind his public persona while surveying his role in shaping popular culture. James Kaplan traces four decades of Frank Sinatra's life, from his rise from the streets of Hoboken to his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity.

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Singer Frank Sinatra was one of a kind: talented, ambitious and ruthless. As James Kaplan demonstrates in Frank: The Voice, Sinatra's heart was not made of stone but "was divided into many chambers." He was willing to step on or over anyone in his path; disentangle himself from deep emotional, artistic and professional bonds with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey; and use anyone, even the Mafia, "until he grasped the brass ring." Kaplan writes, "The master plan for himself

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