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Yes I Can

The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr.
Narrated by: Burt Boyar
Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

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

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Loved it!

Fascinating story of Sammy 's life. I had so much trouble tearing myself away each night!!!

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Yes I Can Sammy Davies Jr

Very moving, I just didn't want it to end. Inspirational. What an incredible man. He has now turned me on to his music. Thank you Sammy.

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  • Kdoll
  • 03-04-14

Sammy Davis was the performer of all times. . .

What did you love best about Yes I Can?

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.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Burt Boyar?

This book should have been narrated by a better voice. . .the one thing I did not like about the book.

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  • Michael
  • 04-06-13

Great story boringly read

What did you like best about Yes I Can? What did you like least?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes I Can?

His army experience during WW2

What didn’t you like about Burt Boyar’s performance?

His boring monologue, basically there is no emphasis of any in all his reading, it's beige while Sammy's life was technicolour.

Could you see Yes I Can being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A great movie, I'll leave others to decide on the actors.

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  • VeeBee47
  • 09-06-15

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.






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  • Matthew Bucklin
  • 27-03-13

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.

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  • Joey Bee
  • 09-04-19

Simply Wonderful and Captivating

Amazing. Loved it all from beginning to end could not stop listening and googling for pics.

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  • MECHELE MANRIQUE
  • 02-04-19

Amazing

The author sounds like Sammy himself.This made it even more personable.What a struggle he did it his way though and though he didnt get it all right he tried hard too.Much respect!

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  • Cheryl
  • 12-11-18

Engaging story

I laughed and cried. I gained an understanding of what life was like for African American people around the time I was born. I was able to picture the casinos and lounges, which made the story more real. Excellent read.

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  • Rogerm
  • 17-08-18

An eye opener as to the racism in the USA and the effect on an amazing artiste.

I have been shocked by the racism practiced in the USA when it was not legislated. This coming from a white South African who lived during the apartheid era.
SDJnr was an amazing person who did his best not to be bitter and revengeful. An American Mandela.
Thank you for a wonderful book

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  • Richard Ceasor
  • 03-01-18

Great book great performance

Sammy Davis, Jr. Was one of the greatest entertainers of all time and this book certainly did him Justice. The near raider really captured his essence and sounded much like him and his story is captivating

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  • Issa
  • 12-08-17

loved it☆☆☆☆☆☆

Great, it was nice it was read by his best friend....Sammy was one of the biggest icons of 5o's 60's 70's....ect..... he made life better for the African American community I never knew this about him until I read the book, he worked so incredibly hard to make people understand that we are all human, skin color means nothing// this will always be one of my favorite books of all time.