JAMES KA­PLAN

SI­NA­TRA: THE CHAIR­MAN

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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.”

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