Book Review: Fosse

fosseFosse is a biography on none other than, you probably guessed it, Bob Fosse.  This book is actually quite long, but so well written that you don’t even realize how much you have read until you take a break and look down to see what page number you are on.  The biography is incredibly thorough and so detailed you almost feel as if you are there living it too.  Fosse is certainly a name that I have heard of before, but not a person I ever knew too much about.  Certainly a legend in the entertainment industry though – and that is what drew me to reading his biography and I am so glad that I did.  While it wasn’t always a wonderful life it was interesting and I now know much, much more than I ever thought I would!

I received a free e-copy in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated


About the Book

We see Bob Fosse’s legacy everywhere—from Broadway to “Billy Jean” to Beyoncé’s moves in the “Single Ladies” video. Yet in spite of Fosse’s deep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal. Now, acclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosse’s numberless reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago, All That Jazz, and other iconic works of art and earn him Tonys, Emmys, and an Oscar.

Wasson traces not only Fosse’s prodigious professional life, but his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire, and Neil Simon to Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Dustin Hoffman. Through extensive interviews with collaborators and lovers and unprecedented access to Fosse’s archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelled his subject’s excessive appetites—for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wasson’s stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was—after hours, close up, and in vibrant color.

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