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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan Narrator: Scott Bric Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, the first fully documented, comprehensively researched, birth-to-death biography—the definitive life—of Frank Sinatra. 

Sinatra is the story of an American icon who held the imagination of millions for more than fifty years and whose influence in popular music was unsurpassed in the twentieth century. As a child, he said, he had heard “symphonies from the universe” in his head. No one could have imagined where those sounds would lead him. Tracing the arc of this incredible life, from the humble beginnings in Hoboken to the twilight years as a living legend in Malibu, Sinatra follows a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower—and criminal connections.

Drawing on a treasure trove of documents and interviews, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan reveal stunning new information about Sinatra’s links to such Mafia figures as Sam Giancana and Lucky Luciano. And we see for the first time where the Mafia connection began, how and why it lasted, and how it impinged on others, not least President John F. Kennedy.

Here, too, is the core of the private Sinatra—alternately caustic and sympathetic—that the singer so long concealed. The heartbreaking truth about his passion for Ava Gardner emerges from never-before-published conversations with Gardner herself. In exclusive, intimate interviews, the women who loved Sinatra—some of them unknown to the public until now—share memories of the joy and pain of their relationships with him. And we learn what it was like to be the friend of a man who was generous and loyal to a fault, yet—as some of his fellow Rat Packers discovered—who could turn abruptly into a vindictive brute.

Dramatic, eye-opening, and unfailingly fair-minded, Sinatra is masterful biography: the revelatory story of a brilliant artist and an infinitely complex man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbingly comprehensive…The most definitive Sinatra bio to date.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Well-researched, detailed analysis…Extensive documentation of the legendary crooner’s involvement with the mafia.

    USA Today

  • Fascinating...And you can say that in spades. Mr. Summers is an author I believe in.

    New York Post

  • “Compelling…It’s the depth and thoroughness of the authors’ research that make the biography noteworthy.”

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Rea | 12/14/2013

    " Exceptionally grounded and well researched. This is a portrait of a flawed, miserable and often mean man. He had more to regret in life than too be proud of. Much of the "carefree, good times" myths are dispelled in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin | 11/4/2013

    " I feel like I know most everything there is to know about the Chairman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dani | 10/26/2012

    " I LOVE Frank Sinatra and this was a page-turner despite a few dry, boring bits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wendy Kiedaisch | 4/18/2012

    " he was a little bit of a mafia jerk "

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