B0125. (MARIO LANZA) Armando Cesari. Mario Lanza, An American Tragedy. Accompanied by Lanza CD. Fort Worth, TX, Baskerville, 2004. 364pp. Index; Bibliography; Filmography; Exhaustive Bill Park Discography; Numerous Photos; DJ. - 9781880909669 1-880909-66-9
"Australian singer Cesari profiles Italian American tenor Lanza (1921-59) in an enjoyable read that includes hundreds of photos and an audio CD. Lanza's vocal prowess foreshadowed a successful operatic career, but movie-industry bigwigs noticed his good looks and pushed him in a different direction, one that led from army shows and recitals to starring roles at the Hollywood Bowl and in films from the late 1940s until his untimely death. Having interviewed Lanza's family members and colleagues, Cesari fully explores Lanza's struggles with his insecurities, alcohol abuse, and extravagant appetites, both monetary and gustatory. This book complements Roland Bessette's overblown Mario Lanza: Tenor in Exile, which presents Lanza's intimates from a different perspective."
- Z. D. Akron