Yes I Can is the self-portrait of one of the extraordinary men of our time, who became a figure of controversy because he dared to live his life not as a Negro but as a man. "I've got to be a star like another man has to breathe" writes Sammy Davis. "I've got to get so big, so powerful, so famous that the day will come when they'll look at me and see a man, and then somewhere along the way they'll notice he's a Negro."
Yes I Can “is:...one of the most candid, engrossing and important American autobiographies of our time,” wrote the N.Y. Herald Tribune Book Editor and Critic Maurice Dolbier. "One of the really great autobiographies ever written." Brother Judd, Audible.com.
©1965 Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jane and Burt Boyar (P)2012 Sammy Davis, Jr and Jane and Burt Boyar
While Sammy's life appeared glamorous, the book tells a very different story. It reveals the truth behind the broad, make-believe smile and the eyes that spoke louder than the voice.
This book should have been narrated by a better voice. . .the one thing I did not like about the book.
I love listening to stories being read to me. I especially love it if the reader is emotional and animated in their storytelling.
Burt Boyar was emotional, REAL, loving and wonderful. I was moved to tears at times. I loved it. Would read again.
Audio program never worked, so never heard story.
If I could hear it the first time.
The whole background of Sammy's life and over comings, his rise above adversity is a great story of his tenacity and grace in the front line of prejudice. The reading by Burt Boyar spoils a great bio.
His army experience during WW2
His boring monologue, basically there is no emphasis of any in all his reading, it's beige while Sammy's life was technicolour.
A great movie, I'll leave others to decide on the actors.
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