Anthony Summers, a former BBC journalist, is the author of six bestselling books, including The File of the Tsar, on the fate of the Romanovs; Not in Your Lifetime, on the assassination of President Kennedy; Official and Confidential, on J. Edgar Hoover; and The Arrogance of Power, on Richard Nixon. He won the Golden Dagger, the Crime Writers' Association's top nonfiction award, for Not in Your Lifetime. Robbyn Swan worked with Summers on the Hoover and Nixon biographies, and both authors have contributed to Vanity Fair and PBS's Frontline. They are married, have five children between them, and live in Ireland.
Accomplished biographers of Hollywood, Mafia, and political figures, Summers and Swan turn their attention to someone well known for his involvement in all three arenas. The book traces Sinatra's life from its Hoboken, NJ, beginnings to its rather sad end, focusing largely on the singer's lifelong connection to the mob, including the many favors each did for the other, some of which are horrifying if true. The biography also describes his extremely active love life, which was mostly unsatisfying owing to his ongoing but hopeless passion for second wife Ava Gardner. All the contradictions of the man are revealed, although, ultimately, the dichotomies are so numerous that the listener feels that truly understanding Sinatra is impossible. Scott Brick capably narrates this work, maintaining a dispassionate tone throughout. There are certainly enough prurient details to keep celebrity watchers and fans interested in this long production, which will likely be popular in public library collections.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Lib., Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"The most definitive Sinatra bio to date." --Entertainment Weekly"A definitive, generational work. . . . The first fully documented biography since Sinatra's death."--Vanity Fair"First-rate reporting. . . . Dense and intimate." --People"A mountain of information. . . . Fascinating" --Los Angeles Times"Only the most patient, judicious, unflappable of writers, and ones sincerely devoted to Mr. Sinatra's music, could have written this book. . . . It's safe to say Sinatra: The Life will remain definitive for years to come." --Dallas Morning News