Reviews

Raves for Sinatra: The Chairman

fssands“Remarkably insightful…. An alternately triumphant and tragic account of… a life that, as Kaplan concludes, ‘touched almost every aspect of American culture in the twentieth century.’ That’s a big statement, but this big book makes us believe it.” — Bill Ott, Booklist [starred review]

“Riveting…. An appropriately big book for an oversized artistic presence.” — Kirkus Reviews [starred]

“The great singer-actor contains multitudes in this vast, engrossing biography…. Kaplan delves with gusto into Sinatra’s seething contradictions.” — Publishers Weekly [starred]

“This is a great book, make no mistake.” — Craig Fitzgerald, Vermicious

“Hugely compelling… wildly readable… stunningly researched.” — Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

“Fifty pages from the end of Sinatra: The Chairman, the second and concluding volume of James Kaplan’s magisterial biography of Frank Sinatra, I guarantee you’ll begin to weep. Not because you’ve finished a 900-plus-page book (though you will feel relief), or because Kaplan so persistently details the ugly truth about Sinatra…. No, you will weep over the death of a massive and unforgettable talent whose style of living helped define post-war America, and you will weep of an America that no longer exists, whether you lived during those years or just yearn for their return.” — Sibbie O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

“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

“Endlessly engaging…. [Kaplan’s] Sinatra is a magnificent monster…. The music is central… as it should be.” — Edward Kosner, The Wall Street Journal

“Written with… brilliant passion and understanding…. James Kaplan’s two volume set is the definitive word on Frank Sinatra, as definitive as any biography of any public figure can be. It’s jammed with something juicy on almost every page. It has been written with integrity and affection. It neither sugar coats or demonizes.” Liz Smith, New York Social Diary 

“Hugely readable, vastly entertaining, a page turner….”  Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Rave reviews for Frank: The Voice in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, &c.

“The story of Frank Sinatra’s rise and self-invention and the story of his fall and remarkable comeback…, Pete Hamill once argued, required a novelist, ‘some combination of Balzac and Raymond Chandler,’ who might ‘come closer to the elusive truth than an autobiographer as courtly as Sinatra will ever allow himself to do.’ Now, with ‘Frank: The Voice,’ Sinatra has that chronicler in James Kaplan, a writer of fiction and nonfiction who has produced a book that has all the emotional detail and narrative momentum of a novel.”–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Monumental…. A bold narrative voice… hard to put down.”The Wall Street Journal

“Marvelously thoughtful, readable…. Kaplan also does a brilliant job of suggesting how the way Sinatra sang the song grew out of the life of an artist every bit as confounding and conflicted as his era.”The Los Angeles Times

“Kaplan really gets what made Sinatra unique…. Above all, [he] grasps how unsuited—and at the same time, how perfect—Sinatra was for the job of American idol.”—The Washington Post

“Kaplan’s understanding and appreciation of the music simply set him apart…. At last, Sinatra has the biography he deserves—and so do we.”—Declan Hughes, The Irish Times

“Riveting…. The book does music history a huge favor by reminding us that from his days with Tommy Dorsey to the twilight of his Columbia years, Sinatra was a singularly incandescent vocal phenomenon.”Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Comprehensive, impeccably researched, factually acurate, detail-rich, insightful and humorous…. a pitch-perfect portrait of Sinatra as a young man.”—The Buffalo News

“Stellar….”Minneapolis Star Tribune

An erudite, ring-a-ding-ding must-read.”Tim Appelo, The Hollywood Reporter

“Through talent, perseverance, momentum, ambition and sheer willpower, ‘Frank: The Voice’ — like the man it chronicles — ends up seeming some sort of a classic.”—The San Francisco Chronicle

“Authentically a page-turner…. Day-to-day, night-to-night detail… yields an almost neurological realism.”—Geoffrey O’Brien, The New York Review of Books

 
 

Frank: The Voice

“There has never been a book of this kind or quality about Frank Sinatra... A magnificently resonant chronicle….” –Peter Bogdanovich