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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of Henry Bushkin's Johnny Carson comes The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra, a candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life, told by his longtime manager and friend, Eliot Weisman.

Eliot Weisman worked with Frank Sinatra from 1975 up until Sinatra's death in 1998 and became one of the singer's most trusted confidants and advisers. In this book Weisman tells the story of the final years of the iconic entertainer from within his exclusive inner circle - featuring original photos and filled with scintillating revelations that fans of all Sinatra stages - from the crooner to the Duets - will love.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Eliot Weisman (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Shameful that Sinatra was maintained on drugs.

This is was great listen. Fabulous narration. Good and intimate storytelling. Shocking to come to grips with the way Sinatra was maintained on drugs and exploited. The dark side of fame and power.

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The Best Sinatra Book

I’ve read dozens of books on the Chairman of The Board. From his very early years and his ups and downs. But this book had a wonderful look into Mr. Sinatra’s experiences in the latter years of his life. I loved every minute of this book. Thank you Eliot for sharing this with the world. And thank you Ms. Valoppi for the superb writing.

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Wow!

What a wonderful and honest book about FAS in the autumn of his life. David Aston Reese is a fantastic narrator.

Barbara Sinatra should be known as Lady Green Eyes not Lady Blue Eyes. Nothing but a high class gold digger.

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FANTASTIC FLY ON THE WALL BOOK

I loved listening to THE WAY IT WAS. There have been very few true icons in our world. Frank Sinatra was one. Worth two credits. I recommend this book to everyone. Steve

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a wonderful tale of Frank Sinatra's later years!

it was definitely worth the purchase! I think it's heartfelt and honest! the end is heartbreaking

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Couldn’t stop listening

Amazing story of a amazing life
So grateful that Eliot shared his story with Sinatra with the us. I fell in love with Frank again and again

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Interesting angle to biography of Frank

Weisman's story interweaves his life with Frank's as well as tells his own story. Although he sometimes veers off into an autobiography, he comes back to Sinatra. Sinatra is a complex man, as are many great artists - needy and forceful, used to being handled and expecting it, but also expecting the best of himself and others. While shrewd in business at times, he also honored his contracts despite personal difficulties at times, but also expected the best of others. His experience with negotiating with Donald Trump over a contract to perform at the opening of the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City left him loathing the man personally as well as a businessman, for good reason....for unexpected reasons (no spoiler alert here).

It is Weisman's book after all, so he does go into more autobiographical detail on himself than I found necessary or as interesting, but found some of it tied in with his close connection with Sinatra. Worthwhile audiobook.

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The Way it Was.

I was so looking forward to listening to the book. Have always loved Frank Sinatra. Forget Frank for about the first 12 chapters. It is all about Mr. Weisman and how smart he is and what wonderful deals he made in business in the entertainment world. Only later in the book does he get really into Frank, then he makes sure we know what a good buddy he was with Frank. Be prepared to put up with Mr. Weisman patting himself on the back throughout the book.

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Great Story Teller

This is a great book. He tells different stories of times he had with Frank Sinatra. I have read just about everything written about Frank Sinatra and it is interesting to have read accounts of situations by different people wwhonwere there and their views on how each saw it. Loved this book.

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Loved it, couldnt stop listening.

It was great hearing the behind scenes stories of Mr. S and his friends, glad I picked this book.

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  • Alan
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loved it

loved it .. fantastic insight to sinatra final years .. narration excellent .. highly recommend