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American Legends: The Life of Dean Martin (Anglais) Broché – 13 septembre 2013


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*Includes pictures.
*Includes some of Martin's most colorful quotes.
*Includes a Bibliography for further reading.
"If people want to think I get drunk and stay out all night, let 'em. That's how I got here, you know." – Dean Martin
A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.
Like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin is an American legend for his longevity and success across a garden variety of different platforms. Martin began as a nightclub singer, performed in a comedy act, starred in films, recorded hit albums, and capped his career by serving as a television host. In fact, there may be no star who was better able to transcend the different avenues of entertainment.
Martin’s success was made all the more amazing by the fact that he never had to change his personality or persona to find success in his different endeavors. From the beginning, Martin’s public persona remained largely unchanged. He grew more famous and wealthy, but he always remained the smooth-talking Italian with the easy charm and the cool veneer. As Jerry Lewis noted in his memoirs about Martin, “Dean had this uncanny way of making everything bad look like it wasn’t all that bad.” If anything, Martin suggested that no matter the circumstances, people can always face their situation with leisurely charm.
Martin’s versatility is unprecedented even today, an era in which stars routinely alternate between film and musical careers. Martin was able to simultaneously work across different media at the same time; even after rising to fame as a singer, he continued to perform with Jerry Lewis and star in films. But after his film career took off, he continued to perform the crooning style of music that had made him famous and had long since been outdated. While other actors were forced to drastically alter their persona to keep up with the times, Martin’s ability to fuse suave glamour with an everyday ordinariness ensured he didn’t need to transform anything.
Martin’s life and career are often compared to his close friend and contemporary Frank Sinatra, and for good reason. Both came from proud Italian families, both were cohorts in the famed Rat Pack in the 1960s, and they each maintained success even late in their careers. However, Sinatra’s career was filled with far more ups and downs than Martin, and his public image experienced highs and lows along with it. It’s also somewhat ironic that it was Martin who Anglicized his name but remained a bigger Italian icon than Sinatra. They each began their careers as Italian crooners, but Martin maintained his style while Sinatra adopted a brasher, more “All-American” singing method. Martin never strayed far from his humble background, even as he became one of America’s biggest stars.
American Legends: The Life of Dean Martin profiles the life and career of one of America’s most famous performers. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Dean Martin like you never have before, in no time at all.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Poorly written and edited, awful book 31 décembre 2014
Par Kathleen Ladwig - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Terrible book, bad pictures, poorly written. I can handle poor writing or poor editing, but not both at the same time. This is an abbreviated version, it constantly repeats itself and is just so badly written that you cannot get through it. Even huge fans will be disappointed. You can get the same info on a one-page Website. This book should have never been published.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Very interesting 31 mars 2013
Par Gladys J. Stuckless - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A short version of his life. Somewhat interesting. I would liked to have had more to read about him as I really liked the man. Evan though I found out things about him that I never really knew before, but then that's typical him being famous, that is part of a person's life especially people as famous as he was.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Love these Charles River Books. 31 mai 2013
Par Lori J. Fedele - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Dean Martin has always been one of my favorites. I thought I knew quite a bit about him but I didn't know he had married someone else after he and Jeanne were divorced. I still miss his music and his easy going ways. He was the epitome of cool. RIP Dean. We miss you!!!!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read 1 juin 2013
Par JP - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Not my favorite book but still was interesting. I happen to love Dean Martin and thought there could have been a little more to the story.
JP
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not very good 4 décembre 2013
Par happyperson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This did not really go in depth, just an outline of his career. I grew up with him and Jerry and met them both early in their career together. Great team, funny Later met Dean in Las Vegas in late 50,s. So sad the end of his life. Book doesn't have any meat to it.
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