BOOKS: THE CRAFT BEHIND THE VOICE

AT LAST, A BOOK THAT TAKES FULL MEASURE OF FRANK SINATRA'S ART

"I'VE NEVER HEARD OF A book like that," remarked the superb session guitarist Al Viola after Will Friedwald had come to interview him. "A book on Frank where they talked to guys like me...that were really there with him, sweating it out." Now that Sinatra! The Song Is You (Scribner; 557 pages; $30) is out, the sweat's on the record, and the century's greatest pop singer at last has a book that fits his personality and takes full measure of his stature.

Blithe, respectful, snappy and smart, Friedwald catches the creative fire of the singer, the implacable perfectionism that made his...

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