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Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World    by David Lehman order for
Sinatra's Century
by David Lehman
Order:  USA  Can
Harper, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

What better way to remember and celebrate the 100th anniversary (December 12th) of Frank Sinatra's birthday than by listening to some of the singer's signature music and reading this book?

David Lehman has created these short pieces that cover nearly every facet of Sinatra's life. From the entertainer's childhood in Hoboken to his love affairs with some of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies, Lehman touches all the bases.

You'll find some fascinating material on members of the infamous Rat Pack Sinatra associated with; accounts of how he squared off against individuals as diverse as Bing Crosby and Marlon Brando; and how the Copacabana nightclub became the stage for so many pivotal moments in the singer's career.

These one to three page essays can be read in any order and can be enjoyed for just a few minutes of reading time or a much longer session. Lehman doesn't gloss over his subject's faults and weaknesses but he certainly admires Sinatra and that definitely shows through in this collection of notes.

For younger readers unfamiliar with The Chairman of the Board, this little volume would be an excellent way of learning about the legendary singer. This book would also make the perfect holiday gift for anyone who enjoys Sinatra's music and considers him to be one of the country's greatest musical entertainers.

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