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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: Tony Robert Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristiana | 6/8/2013

    " Finished. What can I say? Although, I feel like the author got sort of negative towards the end. Come on, give the guy a break. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kathleen Oles | 5/18/2013

    " A book of negativity that would have you believe Frank Sinatra had no redeeming virtues. It is really a "hit piece" with a focus on his relationship with the mob and very little on the music that made Sinatra the Entertainer of the Twentieth Century. Not enlightening, just nasty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kiera | 3/20/2013

    " Interesting but hard to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Evett DiBianco | 2/26/2013

    " The beginning of this book made me really hate Frank Sinatra, but by the end I wanted to hug him like he was my grandfather. Another celebrity must. "

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