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Deconstructing Sammy : music, money, madness, and the mob
Matt Birkbeck
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.D322 B57 2008

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Verdict: Award-winning investigative journalist Birkbeck examines the reasons why Sammy Davis Jr., one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, died deeply in debt and why just a few years after his death his widow, Altovise, was living in poverty and working minimum-wage jobs. More than just an archetypal story of a celebrity bilked of a fortune, this book, which makes tax law sexy, is a forensic examination of why and how Davis¡s finances were so badly mismanaged. Background: Rather than offering anything particularly revelatory about Davis the man, this exceptionally detailed book mostly deconstructs what happened to the man's money. The parallel story involves former federal prosecutor Albert "Sonny" Murray, who endeavored to resolve Davis¡s tax debt on the behalf of his widow. Murray¡s entrepreneurial parents figure prominently, especially his father, the grandson of slaves, who was the first black criminal court judge in Brooklyn, NY. Murray, a driven man and not a Davis fan, toiled for years for almost no remuneration in order to see justice done.--Diana Lawsky, MLS, North Bergen, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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