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Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years, 1903-1940 by Gary Giddins

For anyone whose impression of Bing Crosby is informed solely by “White Christmas,” kindly Father O’Malley from the movie Going My Way and glimpses of the aging crooner on Hollywood Palace or the various family-oriented Christmas specials and Minute Maid commercials that aired on TV through the ’60s, this voluminous study of Der Bingle’s more turbulent and triumphant early years will no doubt be a revelation.

Through his own exhaustive detective work involving countless hours of interviews with key figures in Crosby’s life along with wading through mountains of documents, press clippings and personal correspondence made available to him by the Crosby estate, Gonzaga University, two international fan clubs and a dozen more organizations and institutions, Gary Giddins has pieced together a complete and compelling picture of one of the world’s most beloved entertainers.

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