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Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. | [Sammy Davis, Jr., Jane Boyar, Burt Boyar]

Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr.

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."
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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

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    Kdoll 04-03-14
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    "Sammy Davis was the performer of all times. . ."
    What did you love best about Yes I Can?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Burt Boyar?

    This book should have been narrated by a better voice. . .the one thing I did not like about the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Muhammad TN 05-23-14
    L. Muhammad TN 05-23-14

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    What disappointed you about Yes I Can?

    Audio program never worked, so never heard story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    If I could hear it the first time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Work!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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    Any additional comments?

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    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 06-04-13
    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story boringly read"
    What did you like best about Yes I Can? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes I Can?

    His army experience during WW2


    What didn’t you like about Burt Boyar’s performance?

    His boring monologue, basically there is no emphasis of any in all his reading, it's beige while Sammy's life was technicolour.


    Could you see Yes I Can being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A great movie, I'll leave others to decide on the actors.


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    Matthew Bucklin 03-27-13
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    "An amazing biography"

    This is one person I knew nothing about, and I'm glad that I listened. It is a well written and fun biography.

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