"This well-sourced and highly readable work ranks among the best biographies of New Jersey's most illustrious son and the 20th century's most talented entertainers." --Former NJ Governor Jim Florio

Cent'Anni: The Sinatra Legend at 100

As a boy, Frank Sinatra most likely rode the wooden Cyclone roller coaster at Palisades Amusement Park in Fort Lee and Cliffside Park—his mother was a political force in Hoboken and got him and his friends free passes. The ride started off with a slow climb to the heights, followed by a deep plunge and then a series of ups and downs, jerks and twists—some that riders could anticipate, others that they couldn't—until finally rolling out to a full stop. The Cyclone would be a wonderful metaphor for the life and career of Frank Sinatra, except that many of Sinatra's downs, jerks and twists were of his own making. The ups were of his own making, too, built upon incomparable talent and an attitude that was pure, unadulterated Jersey boy. "Cent' Anni: The Sinatra Legend at 100" tells that story from a unique perspective. Author Richard Muti is a former career prosecutor, trained in uncovering evidence, analyzing it, making reasonable and logical judgments from it, and then laying it all out in a compelling narrative for juries. He does the same for readers in this, his sixth book.

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Biography
A fast-paced, one-volume study of the most fascinating entertainer of the 20th century. The book isn't an academic tome, although it is extensively researched and footnoted; rather, it is designed to be a highly readable page-turner, for avid Sinatraphiles as well as more casual fans of his music and films. It examines the forces, both positive and negative, that made Sinatra Sinatra, with special attention given to the love-hate relationship he maintained toward Hoboken and New Jersey for most of his life. He once called the city of his birth a "sewer," but later observed, "When I was there, I just wanted to get out. It took me a long time to realize how much of it I took with me."
Essays
"Richard Muti's essays are smart and provocative, personal and political."
–Linda Fairstein, former prosecutor
and crime novelist
As this eBook is published, Gov. Chris Christie enjoys a 72 percent approval rating, the highest level attained by any governor in New Jersey history. Yet, the man still evokes passionate feelings from supporters and foes, alike.
"Much needed fresh air out of New Jersey, where the political atmosphere has long been foul."
Kirkus Discoveries
True Crime
"The Charmer is definitely one of 2012's 'must read' books."
True Crime Book Reviews
Novel
Filled with “brilliant plot twists, vivid descriptions, and great dialogue, with a smooth, easy-to-read writing style.”

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