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Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years

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An intimate look at the legendary Frank Sinatra by one of his closest friends.

Not many people were allowed inside Frank Sinatra's inner circle. But Tony Consiglio was a boyhood friend of Sinatra's who remained his friend and confidant for over sixty years. One reason Sinatra valued Tony’s friendship is that he could be trusted: Sinatra nicknamed him "the Clam" because Tony
Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published November 8th 2012)
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Dale Stonehouse
This a valuable addition to Sinatra memoirs. While a bit repetitive and self-serving, the author details his years serving Sinatra with passion and pride. His knowledge of Frank's mother, wives and children leave no doubt he had very intimate relationships with all of them. Those fascinated by the stormy marriage of Sinatra to Ava Gardner will find this a must read.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It isn't my usual type of read- I don't usually pick up a gossipy, tell-all book. However, I am a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and have a fascination with the time period in which his career blossomed. The author warns you at the beginning that the book was written just the way that Sinatra's best friend, Tony Consiglio, told the stories. If you can get past the non-chronological rumblings and the repetition, this is a very enjoyable read! I learned much abo ...more
Dec 18, 2012 Cathie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Frank Sinatra fans, hollywood wanna-knowers,
Recommended to Cathie by: Goodreads Advance Reading Copy given by author
Good gossipy read. Enquiring minds like to know stuff. Felt like I was sitting down and talking with one of the Gambino members. Tony Consiglio was Frank Sinatra's valet for 50 years. He was also a childhood friend of his, hanging out, being a teenage "hoodlum", when Frank got kicked out of school. Frank Sinatra use to call Tony Consiglio "the clam" because Tony would never talk about Frank's experiences to anyone else. Apparently "The clam" turned "informant" just before he died.
William May
Enjoyed a look back into the life of Frank Sinatra. I found some of the text often redundant, but understood the author was only revisiting the subject matter through the thoughts of a friend, who like Sinatra is now deceased. Would be nice if Frank Sinatra could approve or dispute the facts contained but enjoyed the read.
Tony tells it like it is, like a good friend tells a story about a good friend. Frank Sinatra was a man of his own mind and Tony stayed with him through the thick and the thin. Loved the accent of the narrator, really made the story come alive!
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