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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (102 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Giddins Narrator: Edward Lewis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From 1934 to 1954, Bing Crosby utterly dominated American entertainment. The number one movie star for five years in a row, he had more hit records than anyone in history. The rise of Bing Crosby was the rise of the American popular culture itself.

In this commanding biography, eminent cultural critic Gary Giddins takes us on the remarkable journey that brought a provincial young law student from Spokane to the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Giddins chronicles Crosby’s rise from vaudeville to Paul Whiteman’s orchestra on to vast success in Hollywood, from his courtship of the beautiful and tragic Dixie Lee to his triumph as the sportsman who created the first celebrity pro-am golf tournament and helped build the Del Mar racetrack. Giddins reclaims Crosby’s central role in American cultural history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Those of us who have been waiting all these years to learn everything there is to know about Crosby can only be grateful.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The author’s boundless but utterly clear-eyed enthusiasm for his subject is contagious.”


  • “He represses his style to a degree, as if to clear the decks for Crosby’s own remarkable story.”

    New York Newsday

  • “Giddins has done his work diligently…proves himself an alert…commentator.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An unusually detailed look at a life that was thought to be highly public.”

    San Diego Union Tribune

  • “An amazing job of rehabilitating Crosby’s record.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Megan | 11/22/2013

    " Just skimmed it as I was really only interested in Bing's personal life and this is a MASSIVE book mostly about his career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by chey | 7/2/2012

    " This man is my favorite singer of all time, although he died when I was very young, he influenced my upbringing in the mind, heart and soul of my grandmother who adored him. Her influence on my life was obviously huge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher | 6/27/2012

    " Great survey of a very smart man and the first half/third of his iconic career in entertainment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Evan | 2/14/2011

    " A wildly readable and well-researched biography of Bing Crosby's early career. When oh when is Volume Two going to get here?!?? "

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