Publication Date: May 30, 2006
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Packed with revelations, this is the first complete account of a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower--and criminal connections. Anthony Summers--bestselling author of Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe--and Robbyn Swan unveil stunning new information about Sinatra’s links to the Mafia, his crowded love life and his tangled relationships with U.S. presidents. Exclusive breakthroughs include the discovery of how the Mafia connection began--in a remote Sicilian village--and moving interviews with his lovers. Never-before-published conversations with Ava Gardner get to the core of the tragic passion that dominated his life, came close to destroying him, and made his best work heartbreakingly personal. Sinatra delivers the full life story of a complex, flawed genius.
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.
"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