James Kaplan

Johanna Lawshea

James Kaplan has been writing about people and ideas in business and popular culture, as well as notable fiction for over three decades. His essays and reviews, as well as more than a hundred major profiles of figures, have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. His novels include Pearl’s Progress and Two Guys From Verona, a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. His nonfiction works include The AirportYou Cannot Be Serious (with John McEnroe), Dean and Me: A Love Story (with Jerry Lewis), and the first volume of his definitive biography of Frank Sinatra, Frank: The Voice. The story of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” continues with Sinatra: The Chairman (Doubledays), picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954. Sinatra’s life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments.