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
"Sammy Davis was the performer of all times. . ."
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.
This book should have been narrated by a better voice. . .the one thing I did not like about the book.
"A Story Beautifully Told"
Burt Boyar was emotional, REAL, loving and wonderful. I was moved to tears at times. I loved it. Would read again.
"Great story boringly read"
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.
His army experience during WW2
His boring monologue, basically there is no emphasis of any in all his reading, it's beige while Sammy's life was technicolour.
A great movie, I'll leave others to decide on the actors.
"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.
"Sammy's take on things"
Well, I can honestly say I was never a fan but I do appreciate the vast talent he was. I was keen to learn a little more about the man himself.
This story of his life so far, to 1965, was not a tell all. I think it is the version Sammy thought people should know. His version of why he didn't attend the JFK inauguration celebrations was not true, according to Kenndy's staff and Old Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra.
No doubt about it, SD was, whilst a great performer, a real bighead and some folks thought he was a real pain in the ass and he litters this tale with constant reminders to the reader/listener and others who were around him with what real big superstar he was. I like long biographies and autobiographies. This is not the tell all I hoped it would be and his friend, and co-author/narrator is often moved to tears it seems. He felt a deep affection for SD that is clear.
However, to me, through this book I see Sammy as a greedy and often charmless man and I never felt any empathy with him, which surprised me after listening to this. I learned that after this book was written he cheated on his wife Mai with several others and that was surprising considering the vow he made at the end of the book to always keep a smile on her face. He let her down and his children too. Thankfully, before he died they did make their peace I believe.
Audio program never worked, so never heard story.
If I could hear it the first time.
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