SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN
To mark the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth is the release of the sequel to James Kaplan’s bestselling Frank: The Voice. Touted as the definitive biography, this tomb of a book is determined to recount the incredibly rich and productive life of Mr. Sinatra, who was equal parts performer, business mogul, lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous. Despite the heft of this book, Mr. Kaplan continues to write in a rich and compulsively readable style.
In 2010’s Frank: The Voice is the story of Frank Sinatra’s rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. Now, Sinatra: The Chairman picks up the day after Mr. Sinatra claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. His life post- Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year, did television show and nightclub appearances, started his own label, and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments.
Mr. Sinatra certainly deserved his title, “The Entertainer of the Century.”