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Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey, & the Last Great Showbiz Party
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication date August 1, 1999
Pages 344
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385495769
ISBN-10 0385495765
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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Summary
Reveals the full story behind the Rat Pack's staging of a film in Las Vegas in 1960 at the instigation of 'Old Blue Eyes,' a production involving thousands of actors, comics, singers, songwriters, gangsters, politicians, and starstruck civilians. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: For the first time, the full story of what happened when Frank brought his best pals to party in a land called Vegas

January 1960. Las Vegas is at its smooth, cool peak. The Strip is a jet-age theme park, and the greatest singer in the history of American popular music summons a group of friends there to make a movie. One is an insouciant singer of Italian songs, ex-partner to the most popular film comedian of the day. One is a short, black, Jewish, one-eyed, singing, dancing wonder. One is an upper-crust British pretty boy turned degenerate B-movie star actor, brother-in-law to an ascendant politician. And one is a stiff-shouldered comic with the quintessential Borscht Belt emcee’s knack for needling one-liners. The architectonically sleek marquee of the Sands Hotel announces their presence simply by listing their names: FRANK SINATRA. DEAN MARTIN. SAMMY DAVIS, JR. PETER LAWFORD. JOEY BISHOP. Around them an entire cast gathers: actors, comics, singers, songwriters, gangsters, politicians, and women, as well as thousands of starstruck everyday folks who fork over pocketfuls of money for the privilege of basking in their presence. They call themselves The Clan. But to an awed world, they are known as The Rat Pack.

They had it all. Fame. Gorgeous women. A fabulouse playground of a city and all the money in the world. The backing of fearsome crime lords and the blessing of the President of the United States. But the dark side–over the thin line between pleasure and debauchery, between swinging self-confidence and brutal arrogance–took its toll. In four years, their great ride was over, and showbiz was never the same.

Acclaimed Jerry Lewis biographer Shawn Levy has written a dazzling portrait of a time when neon brightness cast sordid shadows. It was Frank’s World, and we just lived in it.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385487511
 
from Doubleday (May 1, 1998); titled "Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Showbiz Party"
9780385487511 | details & prices | 344 pages | 6.75 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $23.95
About: Describes the personal and professional highs and lows of the performers known as the 'Rat Pack' during the peak of their popularity in the 1960s
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385495769
 
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Reprint edition from Broadway Books (August 1, 1999); titled "Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey, & the Last Great Showbiz Party"
9780385495769 | details & prices | 344 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Describes the personal and professional highs and lows of the performers known as the 'Rat Pack' during the peak of their popularity in the 1960s
Miscellaneous
Book cover for 9780385500258
 
With Ann Gaines | from Broadway Books (September 17, 1999)
9780385500258 | details & prices | 368 pages | List price $15.95
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About: The first biography of the Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr.

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