Hailed as “engaging…slick…entertaining” by Kirkus Reviews, Tom’s new book The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me examines the continuing
hold Francis Ford Coppola’s masterful film trilogy continues to maintain over viewers, forty years and one billion dollars in grosses after the initial release of the first film. Filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from all three Godfather films as well as stories about Brando, Pacino, and Sinatra, this one-of-a-kind book is interwoven with a poignant and funny memoir about the author’s own experiences growing up with an Italian name in an Anglo world of private schools and country clubs.
Tom’s previous book, Sinatra in Hollywood examined the brilliant, fascinating, and occasionally inexplicable film career that earned Frank Sinatra standing as one of the last legends from Hollywood’s golden age, granting Sinatra status as an actor equal to his fabled career as vocalist and recording artist. Termed “highly readable and extensively researched” by Library Journal, Sinatra in Hollywood is now available in a trade paperback edition.
Tom's second book, Considering Doris Day , published in April 2007 by St. Martin's Press, was named a New York Times Book Review "Editor's Choice". Praised by The Atlantic as "a book offering serious insight into a relatively neglected life- the observations are apt- and often bold", Considering Doris Day constituted an encyclopedic analysis of the film, recording, and television careers of superstar Doris Day, the first book to place this all-American icon within the cultural context of America itself. Considering Doris Day was published as a trade paperback in August, 2008.
Prior to Considering Doris Day, Tom's first book, The Importance of Being Barbra, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2006. Analyzing the extraordinary world wide success of Barbra Streisand, it was the first book written about Barbra Streisand to focus solely upon her career, not personal life, and included a "career scorecard" which graded Streisand's fifty plus albums, eighteen feature films, and television specials. In addition to other countries, the book has now been published in China, and a trade paperback edition of the book was published in the United States in October, 2007.
Considering Doris Day and The Importance of Being Barbra have been featured in The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, The Atlantic, Library Journal, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The New York Post, and numerous newspapers across the country. Tom has made multiple radio appearances across the country, in forums ranging from National Public Radio to Voice of America, as well as appearing on network and cable television stations. He lectures about all three books nationwide, addressing groups ranging from the Dallas, Texas Women's Club to the Palo Alto, California Morning Forum. Tom writes book reviews for BarnesandNoble.com and also interviews celebrity authors as part of their signings at Barnes and Noble bookstores.
Prior to becoming an author, Tom worked as a tennis pro and has spent twenty-five years as a manager of over 30 Broadway shows, including A Few Good Men, Jersey Boys, Xanadu, Master Class, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Noises Off and The Iceman Cometh, working along with the way with Patti LuPone, Tommy Tune, Glenn Close, Jason Robards, Valerie Harper, Michele Lee and Bea Arthur.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, from which he emerged with a firm resolution never to practice law. It is a resolution applauded by the American Bar Association.
Tom was recently profiled in the New York Times about his work on Broadway shows as well as the concert tributes to Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. Click here to read the entire article.