By Michael Freedland
From his tough beginnings to his early good fortune as a crooner worshipped by way of bobby-soxers, Freedland's biography follows Sinatra's fall as a singer out of style and an actor classified box-office poison, to his triumph as Oscar winner and leisure legend.
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Doors were being slammed shut all around me as nations chose sides. All my planning was useless now. I wished that I could talk it over with Sarah, but I knew that if I called her, the sound of her voice would be the final straw that would push me to quit. Istanbul, ‘the still point of the turning world’, was a good place to choose a new direction, and I decided not to risk riding east to Pakistan knowing that I could be turned back at the border. I decided that only a madman would ride through Russia in winter.
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Still cycling eastwards. Too cold. Crazy bureaucracy. May get to the World Cup (in Japan and South Korea, Summer 2002). 4. Turn right for Africa. Amusing option. Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo may cause problems. Not very sensible – equipment, visas etc. Have done no research on Africa. 5. Fly over the hotspots to India and continue from there. Maintains Eastward progress but the ‘chain’ is broken. 44 6. Fly to the States, do the Americas then Australia and Asia Expensive. Will probably omit Africa from the journey.
All the Way: A Biography of Frank Sinatra 1915-1998 by Michael Freedland