I was completely intrigued with the articles about Davis in this memorable collection, THE SAMMY DAVIS, JR. READER edited by Gerald Early. So much to read, so much to learn, and so much enjoyable reading! The introduction by Gerald Early is excellent, and it is something most fans of the late Davis will find beautifully done and will appreciate for its honesty of feeling.
There is a quote by Davis at the start of the book that says so much, "Why must I always keep proving myself?...Why must I always prove what I"m not before I can prove what I am?" My feeling is this book captures Davis in all aspects, and it contains some shocking sexual themes as well as personal and spiritual quests that most people never suspected.
Such articles as these show an unseen side of Davis, and worthy of the readers time: "Why I Married Sammy Davis Jr" by May Britt "Scandal" by Peter Harry Brown "Tribute" by Quincy Jones "Sammy Davis Jr.'s FBI File" excerpt from ORDEAL by Linda Lovelace with Mike McGrady "Discrimination" from FRANK SINATRA MY FATHER by Nancy Sinatra "Black Cats" by Sammy Davis Jr. "Spooks" by Sammy Davis Jr. among many others. Every article or excerpt in this memorable collection is worth reading for the insights revealed about Sammy Davis Jr.
For the reader who knew little about Davis for the reader curious about the truth as to what made Davis the powerful and enjoyable entertainer he was for the reader who likes jazz and for the reader looking for a highly gratifying reading adventure this book is for you. A great reading experience about a great entertainer!'THE SAMMY DAVIS, JR. READER edited by Gerald Early is a reading feast, a collection of articles about the late singer many consider the last great American Hipster. A fine collection for any reader interested in the life of this entertainer and singer. Exciting reading.