THE RAT PACK: The Original Bad Boys By James Kaplan and the Editors of LIFE

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Biographer James Kaplan and Photographer John Dominis Capture Frank Sinatra and His Buddies in their Legendary Heyday

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Rat Pack was the ultimate king of cool and style – a group of five showbiz stars and best pals led by Frank Sinatra whose Vegas act and high-living, hard-drinking, skirt-chasing ways were the stuff of legends. To mark the 15th anniversary of Sinatra’s death, biographer James Kaplan and the editors of LIFE present The Rat Pack: The Original Bad Boys (Time Home Entertainment, Inc.; hardover; April 2013; $19.95), which features an impressive collection of photos and stories regarding Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

The book tells the lively tale of the legendary bad boys of entertainment, tracing their lives and careers from Las Vegas to Hollywood and everywhere in between. From boozy hotel parties to movie sets and glamorous events, The Rat Pack: The Original Boys gives readers an intimate look at how the Rat Pack came together, their home at the Sand Hotel in Vegas, filming Ocean’s Eleven, Sinatra’s alleged Mafia run-ins as well as the countless wild antics which epitomized these larger-than-life showbiz characters.

The Rat Pack: The Original Boys also features a vast collection of archived photographs, including those from celebrated LIFE photographer John Dominis.

In addition, the book highlights many of the stars who frequently rubbed elbows with the Rat Pack including Shirley MacLaine, Jackie Gleason, Bing Crosby, and President Kennedy.

About LIFE
The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, journalism and storytelling about our country and our world, which began with the founding of LIFE magazine in 1936 by editor and publisher Henry R. Luce. They have published books on a broad range of subjects, including New York Times bestsellers One Nation, LIFE Picture Puzzle and The American Journey of Barack Obama. The LIFE channel on features LIFE’s legendary photo archives. The acclaimed LIFE for iPad app reached #1 in 33 countries shortly after its November 2010 launch.

By the Editors of Life
Time Home Entertainment, Inc.
Publication date: April 23, 2013
$19.95; Hardcover; ISBN 9781618930606

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