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Assignment: Sinatra
Part IV

Talese turns in “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”—one of the most memorable profiles in magazine history—and worries about the reaction from editor and subject

Assignment: Sinatra
Part III

Harold Hayes decides that Esquire will be proceeding with or without the cooperation of Sinatra—whom Talese trails to Las Vegas

Assignment: Sinatra
Part II

While he waits for an opening into the singer’s inner circle, Gay Talese acquaints himself with “the unhappy ones”

Assignment: Sinatra

A legendary editor. A recalcitrant writer. And a subject that was both man and myth. The story behind the writing of what became known as the greatest magazine profile ever