(2005/TUNZI) Paperback, 23x26 cm, 134 pages, b&w photos (few color) plus discographies and sessions of ´That´s The Way It Is´ & ´Elvis On Tour´ by Joseph A.Tunzi . - After 31 theatrical films Elvis Presley would go on to make two motion picture documentaries: Elvis, That´s The Way it Is and Elvis On Tour. Elvis, That´s The Way it is, originally titled Elvis, was based on his August 1970 Las Vegas opening, while Elvis On Tour, originally titled Standing Room Only, showcased Elvis the performer on the road in April of 1972. If memory serves me correctly, back in 1970 the title That´s The Way it Is was added and adapted from legendary CBS newscaster, Walter Cronkite. Mr. Cronkite ended his nightly newscast saying, ´´And That´s The Way It Is,´´ also including the date and year of his broadcast. Elvis was a regular viewer of Cronkite and along with Colonel Parker decided to use what was becoming a popular catch phrase in U. S. media circles. Elvis On Tour would prove to be more successful, earning Elvis his first major motion picture award: the Golden Globe® for Best Documentary of 1972 an award Elvis would greatly appreciate. - These two great Elvis films captialized on the trendy documentary film craze that produced such titles as Woodstock, the Beatles´ Let It Be, and Joe Cocker´s Mad Dogs and Englishmen. /V ad Dogs and Englishmen was done by filmmakers Pierre Adidge and Robert Abel, who also produced Elvis On Tour. While nothing can match the feeling I had witnessing Elvis numerous times performing live on stage, back in November 1970 I went to a special screening of That´s The Way it is in downtown Chicago at the Esquire Theatre, and it was magical. In 1972,1 had the opportunity to do it again for Elvis On Tour. I enjoyed these films so much that I went back to the local theaters to watch them again, and again, and again. It was a great time to be an Elvis fan and as that fan I bring you Elvis The Documentaries. And That´s The Way It Is, September 8, 2005 . . . Joseph A. Tunzi
Remembering Frank Sinatra on this edition of Fresh Air. Shawn Levy is the author of Rat Pack Confidential: Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey & the Last Great Showbiz Party. It´s about the circle of showbiz pals who played and later performed together. It included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Levy is also the author of the biography, King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis. Editor Tom Kuntz and reporter Phil Kuntz´s book The Sinatra Files: The Life of an American Icon Under Government Surveillance excerpts and analyzes portions of the FBI´s massive file on Frank Sinatra. The file is 1,275 pages long and was begun in the mid 1940s and lasted until 1972. Tom Kuntz is the editor of Word for Word, a column in The New York Times. Phil Kuntz is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. (Original Broadcast Dates: August 19, 1998 and December 7, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011207/rt_whyy_011207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? Finalist for the PEN/USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and the Audie Award in Biography/Memoir This Random House Reader´s Circle edition includes a reading group guide and a conversation between Firoozeh Dumas and Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner! ´´Remarkable . . . told with wry humor shorn of sentimentality . . . In the end, what sticks with the reader is an exuberant immigrant embrace of America.´´-San Francisco Chronicle In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father´s glowing memories of his graduate school years here. More family soon followed, and the clan has been here ever since. Funny in Farsi chronicles the American journey of Dumas´s wonderfully engaging family: her engineer father, a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on Bowling for Dollars and in Las Vegas, and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution; her elegant mother, who never fully mastered English (nor cared to); her uncle, who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight-loss gadgets; and Firoozeh herself, who as a girl changed her name to Julie, and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman, becoming part of a one-couple melting pot. In a series of deftly drawn scenes, we watch the family grapple with American English (hot dogs and hush puppies?-a complete mystery), American traditions (Thanksgiving turkey?-an even greater mystery, since it tastes like nothing), and American culture (Firoozeh´s parents laugh uproariously at Bob Hope on television, although they don´t get the jokes even when she translates them into Farsi). Above all, this is an unforgettable story of identity, discovery, and the power of family love. It is a book that will leave us all laughing-without an accent. Praise for Funny in Farsi ´´Heartfelt and hilarious-in any language.´´-Glamour ´´A joyful success.´´-Newsday ´´What´s charming beyond the humor of this memoir is that it remains affectionate even in the weakest, most tenuous moments for the culture. It´s the brilliance of true sophistication at work.´´-Los Angeles Times Book Review ´´Often hilarious, always interesting . . . Like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this book describes with humor the intersection and overlapping of two cultures.´´-The Providence Journal ´´A humorous and introspective chronicle of a life filled with love-of family, country, and heritage.´´-Jimmy Carter ´´Delightfully refreshing.´´-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ´´[Funny in Farsi] brings us closer to discovering what it means to be an American.´´-San Jose Mercury News
John Polly enters Shanghai in 1948 on a muggy, velvet evening, just in time for the Communist takeover of China. It marks only his fourth month in America´s newly formed Central Intelligence Agency. Over the next two decades, Polly will become The White Mandarin, a double agent buried so deep within the inner circle of the People´s Republic as to shape the futures of both that nation and his own. Dan Sherman´s intricate, superbly crafted spy thriller follows Polly as he walks a dangerous tightrope of intrigue and suspense. As China rebuilds itself, Polly attempts to start a family in the intersection between the American intelligence system and the Asian drug trade. Can Polly keep his wife and daughter safe? Can he keep track of the shifting stories and changing allegiances in the CIA? Will his emotion get in the way of his mission? Only pages into this stunning novel, listeners will easily understand why Sherman has earned comparison to the great John le Carré and Graham Greene. It is both a story of very personal love and loss and an insightful history of China between the rise of Chairman Mao and the 1972 visit by President Nixon. Anyone looking to understand the China of yesterday and today - its power, its flaws, its beauty - need look no further than The White Mandarin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Backman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023218/bk_adbl_023218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.