Deconstructing Sammy (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
17 Reviews

Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But despite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy. His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of itever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed.

Years later his wife, Altovise, a once-vivacious woman and heir to one of the greatest entertainment legacies of the twentieth century, was living in poverty, and with nowhere else to go, she turned to a former federal prosecutor, Albert "Sonny" Murray, to make one last attempt to resolve Sammy's debts, restore his estate, and revive his legacy. For seven years Sonny probed Sammy's life to understand how someone of great notoriety and wealth could have lost everything, and in the process he came to understand Sammy as a man whose complexity makes for a riveting work of celebrity biography as cultural history.

Matt Birkbeck's serious work of investigative journalism unveils the extraordinary story of an international celebrity at the center of a confluence of entertainment, politics, and organized crime, and shows how even Sammy's outsized talent couldn't save him from himself.

  

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Review: Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

A book about the estate of Sammy Davis, Jr. I had heard about this book since is was published, around 2008 or so. I was intrigued by the lurid stories. I came across it at a used bookstore and picked ... Read full review

Review: Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob

User Review  - Bud - Goodreads

Amazing and shocking book that I finished on less than 24 hours, so I didn't put it down a lot. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
11
Section 4
25
Section 5
32
Section 6
44
Section 7
52
Section 8
67
Section 15
151
Section 16
166
Section 17
176
Section 18
186
Section 19
201
Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
261
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About the author (2009)

Award-winning investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck is a former correspondent for People magazine and has written for the New York Times, Reader's Digest, Boston Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the author of A Beautiful Child and A Deadly Secret, which was the subject of an MSNBC documentary, and coauthor of Till Death Do Us Part. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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