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All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett

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The first complete biography of singing legend Tony BennettAmong America's greatest entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett alone is still here and at the top of his game. For the first time, All the Things You Are tells the incredible story of Bennett's life and sixty-year career, from his impoverished New York City ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Wiley (first published June 30th 2011)
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Steve
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
If traditional pop singers are ever given their own Mount Rushmore, Antonio Benedetto belongs on that monument. Tony Bennett has earned a spot on that rocky hillside for at least three good reasons: his commitment to protecting and preserving the best of America’s songbook, his incredible volume of recorded work and his unbelievable longevity, more than six decades of artistry. In this volume, David Evanier celebrates all of that, all the things that are Tony Bennett.

A fourth reason Bennett dese
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JoAnne Pulcino
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
By David Evanier
Listed among America’s greatest entertainers, Tony Bennett is still here and at the top of his game.
The story of Mr. Bennett’s sixty year career from an impoverished childhood to liberating a concentration camp, his civil rights struggles, and his personal battles ranging from addiction to career struggles and marriage problems is a fascinating read.
Many artists and personalities are encountered in the book, and his deep respect for his friend and idol, Fran
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Roger
May 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Very sloppily written book. The author makes revelations about Tony's life and 10-20 pages later repeats the same incident as if you had never read it before. Editing is bad too. A good editor would have caught that. While I'm a Bennett fan, I couldn't get past the bad writing. The author apparently had no feedback from Tony so why am I reading a book that simply quotes other books and articles? Couldn't finish it.
Viktor
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Poorly organized and repetitive. It sometimes reads as though the author found a stray note card and squeezed the info in right where he was regardless of it's relation to the topic at hand.

Still, lots of fresh info here, and some interesting dissenting views regarding his latest career.
Kim
Nov 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I got the impression that the author did not interview Bennett for this book, and was using quotes from other books about him. I couldn't even finish it, it was so dull.
Dave Jones
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
So-so biography based on secondary sources only. I like Tony Bennett but I didn't really get to know him more better after reading this book.
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David Evanier is a critically acclaimed and award-winning author of both nonfiction and fiction. He was formerly senior editor at The Paris Review, editor at Stage Door, and assistant editor of The New Leader. He is a recipient of the Aga Khan Fiction Prize and the McGinnis-Ritchie Short Fiction Award. He has written for The New York Times (including Paper Cuts, its music blog), The New York Times ...more