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.
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. Download and start listening now!
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.
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.