Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams

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Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 620 pages
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In 'Dino', Nick Tosches takes us on a odyssey through American mob culture, through the hidden, the forbidden, and the dreamed-of places, telling the story of a rise against all odds; the glory of that rise and its dark side, too - the story of a man driven into his own shadow by fame and inner demons. Tosches spent years interviewing the characters and exploring the hell and paradise of an America that few besides Martin have known. From the gambling dens of corrupt steel towns to the glorious nightclub whirl and neon netherworlds of New York and Chicago, from the casinos of Las Vegas to the dream factories of Hollywood, Dino brings to life the sublime and sleazy vision at the heart of this century's soul.

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Review: Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams

User Review  - Will Nett - Goodreads

Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams Follow the lineage of the so-called Cult of Celebrity- whatever that is- and you won't get much further back than Dino Crocetti. Martin was the ... Read full review

Review: Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams

User Review  - Will Lashley - Goodreads

A thoroughly dispiriting look at Dean Martin's rise in the entertainment business, which makes it an astringent antidote to our celebrity besotted civilization. I could recommend all of Tosches' books ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Born in Newark & schooled in his father's bar, Nick Tosches is one of the most original & individualistic writers at work today. He is the author of acclaimed biographies of Sonny Liston, (The Devil & Sonny Liston), Dean Martin (Dino), the Mafia financier Michele Sindona (Power on Earth), & Jerry Lee Lewis (Hellfire); of several books about popular music (Country & Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll); & of the novels "Trinities" & "Cut Numbers". Thirty years of his writing was recently collected into "The Nick Tosches Reader" (Da Capo). He is a contributing editor of "Vanity Fair". He lives in New York City, & his poetry readings are legend.

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