If thereâ€™s a Frank Sinatra fan on your gift list this season, Eliot Weisman has a book for them.
Eliot Weisman served as a manager, confidant, and advisor to some of the biggest names in entertainment in the 20th century â€“ Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Joan Rivers – and the â€œChairman of the Board,â€ legendary singer Frank Sinatra.
In Weismanâ€™s new book, â€œThe Way it Was: My Life with Frank Sinatraâ€ (Hachette Books, 320 pages, $27), he chronicles his years as Sinatraâ€™s longtime manager to Sinatra through original photos and personal anecdotes and revelations. For instance:
- Sinatra and Weisman losing their cool in negotiations with Donald Trump for the grand opening of Trumpâ€™s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City;
- The backstory of the infamous photograph of Sinatra with mafia leaders and Weismanâ€™s futile attempts to keep it from the press.
- The mystery woman who threatened to throw the entire estate into chaos when Sinatra died about 20 years ago.
- The relationship between Sinatra and Jackie Kennedy
- How seriously Sinatra and his team took the job of security, from carrying an Uzi on his private jet to keeping a pistol hidden in his custom boots while on stage.
Weisman also relates his own personal journey, from Wharton Business School to a prison stint that left him broke and stripped of his professional licenses, to getting a second shot at a career as a high-powered manager by working with Sinatra.