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Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called—by George Gershwin, among others—the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. “Berlin has no place in American music,” legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote, “he is American music.” In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some 1500 tunes, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” and on and on. From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin’s work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity.
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James Kaplan has been writing noted biography, journalism, and fiction for more than four decades. The author of Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman, the definitive two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra, he has written more than one hundred major profiles of figures ranging from Miles Davis to Meryl Streep, from Arthur Miller to Larry David.

Irving Berlin: New York Genius

Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called—by George Gershwin, among others—the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. “Berlin has no place in American music,” legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote, “he is American music.” In a career that spanned an astonishing nine decades, Berlin wrote some 1500 tunes, including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” and on and on. From ragtime to the rock era, Berlin’s work has endured in the very fiber of American national identity.
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Frank: The Voice

“The answer to ‘what is there left to say about Sinatra’ is staggeringly answered in James Kaplan’s new book. This story has never been told with such incisiveness, care, research and respect. With so many new revelations, you might really never know who Frank Sinatra is until you read this book.” –Michael Feinstein
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Sinatra: The Chairman

“This year marks Sinatra's centennial, a celebration replete with musical, film, television, and museum tributes. And, of course, books--of which the crowning glory is surely... Sinatra: The Chairman... a riveting read... juicy, painstakingly researched, excitingly written." - Julia M. Klein, The Boston Globe.
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