Books: What Made Sammy Dance?

Wil Haygood's unflinching biography of Sammy Davis Jr. is a portrait of the artist as a lost soul

Sammy Davis Jr. used to tell a joke: "My mother was born in San Juan. So I'm Puerto Rican, Jewish, colored and married to a white woman. When I move into a neighborhood, people start running four ways at the same time." It's typical of Davis to ruin a perfectly good joke with a lie: his mother was Cuban, a nationality that was, in white America circa 1966, even less popular than Puerto Rican. But there's also a truth tucked inside the lie: Davis was running away from himself, as many ways as he possibly could.

Wil Haygood chases after him...

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