Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

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Gary Giddin’s Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946 is the ultimate record of Bing’s life during the years of World War II. This is the sequel to Giddin’s first book in the hopeful trilogy of Crosby’s life, the first being Bing Crosby: Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903-1940. In Swinging on a Star the reader learns how Crosby was a family man for his wife Dixie Lee and their four sons. Bing and Dixie’s relationship started out rocky, but once Bing turned himself around, the only one left was Dixie with her “problems,” drinking her life away. Crosby was a mature professional filming movies, recording songs, and having a very successful career. The reader gets the inside scoop on his films and his radio show Kraft Music Hall, a sort of variety show that featured other well-known celebrities. Personally, Crosby felt very strongly about U.S. soldiers fighting overseas, and he was named the number one morale booster for the soldiers because of his performances for them, most notably his rendition of White Christmas. In between the story of Crosby’s life, given the length of the book, the reader is also given insight into other professionals associated with Bing and what was going on around the world.

Although this was a lengthy read, the book contains an abundance of information that helps the reader to place themselves with Bing, and thus appreciate the kind-hearted man that he was. To be able to read about celebrities who use their talents in a modest, humble, and positive way is very refreshing, even if the events in the book was decades ago. After this book, there is still around thirty years of Crosby’s life not written about, so it would be interesting to know the rest of his story.

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Author Gary Giddins
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 736 pages
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date 2018-10-30
ISBN 9780316887922
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Issue Mar-19
Category Biographies & Memoirs


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