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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From dealing blackjack in the small-time gangster  town of Steubenville, Ohio, to carousing with the  famous "Rat Pack" in a Hollywood he  called home, Dean Martin lived in a grandstand,  guttering life of booze, broads, and big money. He  rubbed shoulders with the mob, the Kennedys, and  Hollywood's biggest stars. He was one of America's  favorite entertainers. But no one really knew him.  Now Nick Tosches reveals the man behind the  image--the dark side of the American dream. It's a  wild, illuminating, sometimes shocking tale of sex,  ambition, heartaches--and a life lived hard, fast,  and without  apologies.

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

User Review  - Ian Carpenter - Goodreads

Spectacular writing of a kind that I've never seen in a biography. For me... it was too detailed but it is a stunning work of research. Can't image anything more thorough. There's whiffs of Elroy and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Seth D Michaels - Goodreads

Hilariously overwritten. There is a really interesting book about Dean Martin buried underneath all the narrative posturing and pointlessly elaborate detail. That book would be great - a microhistory ... 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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