Deconstructing Sammy

Deconstructing Sammy

Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob

Book - 2008
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Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But depite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy, His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of ever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife Altovise was living in poverty when she turned to a former federal prosecutor, Albert "Sonny" Murray, to make one last attempt to resolve Sammy's debts, restore his estate, and revive his legacy. For seven years Sonny probed Sammy's life to understand how someone of great notoriety and wealth could have lost everything, and in the process he came to understand Davis, a man whose complexity makes for a riveting work of celebrity biography as cultural history.--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Amistad, c2008.
ISBN: 9780061450662
Characteristics: 280 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Sammy


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Oct 01, 2018

Not too many financial tell-alls but this one hits home hard. Sammy Davis Jr was picked clean not only during his career but on his death bed and beyond. So much for "living in the now". I thought it was a page turner - so I bought "why me?" off amazon to satisfy the curiosity. Only in America.....and parts of British Columbia.

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Jul 08, 2009

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