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by Shawn Levy

  • ISBN: 0007171072
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Shawn Levy
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (March 26, 2010)
  • Pages: 368
  • ePub book: 1616 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1570 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 826

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These characteristics are not highlighted too much in the book but can be interpreted to through the lines and is part of the things to be learned from the book and the life of Rubirosa.

These characteristics are not highlighted too much in the book but can be interpreted to through the lines and is part of the things to be learned from the book and the life of Rubirosa. This is what makes the great difference between Rbirosa and many other born-rich playboys that bought most of their goodies and many a 'friend' with the funds of their pockets. On the contrary, most socialites and even wives had Rubi's company at their expense! I definitely recommend reading and keeping or as a gift.

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The Last Playboy' gives an in depth look at the exciting party life of Porfirio Rubirosa. His was a life of inconsequence, and perhaps inconsequential also is the biography The Last Playboy: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa (4th Estate) by Shawn Levy. In his day he was perhaps the world's premiere ladies' man -- a Cassanova of modern times. Married to two of the richest women in the world along with 3 other women during his life this didn't stop him from dating such Hollywood starlets as Zsa Zsa Gabor & Ava Gardner among hundreds of other women. Inconsequential, but also glittering and amusing.

At one gilded moment in history, his fame was so great that he was known the world over by his nickname alone: Rubi. Pop songs were written about him. Women whom he had never met offered to leave their husbands for him. He had an eye for feminine beauty, particularly when it came with great wealth: Barbara Hutton, Doris Duke, Eva Peron, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. He was also a jewel thief, and an intimate of one of the.

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A scandalous story of money, drugs, fast cars, high politics, lowly crime, hundreds of beautiful woman and one man, Porfirio Rubirosa from the celebrated author of RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL.

The Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa died at 8:00 am on July 5, 1965, when he smashed his Ferrari into a tree in Paris. He was 56 years old and on his way home to his 28-year-old fifth wife, Odile Rodin, after a night's debauch in celebration of a victorious polo match.

In the previous four decades, Rubirosa had on four separate occasions married one of the wealthiest women in the world, and had slept with hundreds of other women including Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ava Gardner, and Eva Peron. He had worked as aide-de-camp to one of the most vicious fascists the century ever knew. He had served as an ambassador to France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Argentina and Vichy. He had been a jewel thief, a forger, a shipping magnate, a treasure hunter. He had held his own with the world's most powerful and notorious men including John F. Kennedy, Josef Goebbels and Juan Peron. He ran comfortably celebrity circles, counting among his friends Frank Sinatra, Ted Kennedy, David Niven, Sammy Davis Jr., and fellow playboy Aly Khan.

He lived for the moment and, at his death, faded without a legacy: no children, no fortune, no entity – financial, cultural, even architectural – that bore his name. There will never be anyone else like Porfiro Rubirosa. Indeed, the really amazing thing is that there ever was. Shawn Levy – celebrated author of RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL, and READY, STEADY, GO – has been given unique access to primary material including FBI and CIA files in his search for the last playboy.

Comments

Jode Jode
Worth reading for its surprisingly enjoyable and historically textured first half describing the rise of a probably now mostly forgotten Porfirio Rubirosa, the most professional and best known playboy from the small island nation of the Dominican Republic during the US's age of glamor post WWII. The most interesting aspect of this story is Rubirosa's early status as son-in-law to one of the most dreadful dictators of the 20th century, Rafael Trujillo. Shawn Levy does a masterful job of drawing rich but succinct character portraits, including that of the much chronicled Trujillo, to create an ensemble drama around this earlier period of Rubirosa's life that is necessary when one's primary subject is too shallow to hold the stage on his own for the book's duration. While Rubirosa comes across as a more refined and much less ruthless person than one would imagine given that he was an aggressive social climber gigolo, his charm can only come across so much whatever Levy's literary skills. Furthermore, while he seemed to have struck a fair bargain for his attentions with a stronger character like the heiress Doris Duke, his marriage to the vulnerable Barbara Hutton during a waning financial period in his life is mostly a simple episode of sleazy exploitation one comes into the book expecting. By the time Rubi leaves dies at the end, we've had enough of him.
Levy deserves the highest praise not only for paying careful attention to rendering the times a person lives in as a key to their character and life, but also for the elan and subtle humor he demonstrates in confronting salacious details, e.g. Rubi's famously large endowment, without being crass. Another of his books on swinging 60s London is also very good but uneven due to the subject matter being of varying degrees of interest for me, but a truly great writer with the right material as with Frank and the boys in the Ratpack.
Deorro Deorro
How do you get interested in a current day unknown, Rubirosa, Playboy of the 40s/50s, namesake of large pepper shakers in Paris? Mine started with a short story from the legendary Robert Evans 2nd biography: The Fat Lady Sings. Always liked his style so if he knew and admired Rubirosa given his ego, there must be something here. Reading a book and using the web to look at old photos peaked my interest that this book satisfied.

This is a well written autobiography with massive info, particularly impressive given most people with knowledge were dead and rumors, not truth, dominated. I wouldn't call it a fast read although it didn't take long, but I would call it incredibly informative about a life and culture that has past with the times. As said at the end of the book, how would a man of impeccable taste and clothing haven enjoyed the hippie movement of the late 60s? He wouldn't. A Playboy's death was the appropriate route: win an important polo tournament, drink till dawn, and leave a young corpse.

Not groundbreaking but an important part of pop culture from the 40s/50s and worth the read.
Oreavi Oreavi
I am a former foreign student in the Dominican Republic where I got to learn the name "Rubirosa", linked to large peppermils in chique restaurants on the Malecon and the pubs of the then (80's) newly renovated Colonial Center. I also heard his name in equestrian circles with acclaim for his introduction of the sport of Polo to the now largest Polo playing country in the Caribbean.

Curiously the new generation in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere know little of him but when an older generation is asked about him, a smile is the first thing to apear on their lips before an anecdote or a recall of one of his memorable deeds (or scandal) is to be told. Most of the time these stories are connected to fast times,headlines and the high life, despite lacking a fortune, commercial enterprise of significance or a scientific mind.
Nevertheless making headlines by his own merits and decisions (marriages) and of those around him.

This book is an improvement over previous biographies made in the 70's and 80's, among others Palbo Clase Hijo's book, that I bought 20 years ago as a present for an uncle who was a contemporary and admirer of Rubi.

This book is great fun to read and brings very well into perspective the details of Dominican political life under Trujillo's dictatorship and the international impact that it brought upon the region and Rubi's pivotal role in the softening of the ugly face of the regime. Reason for his love-hate relationship with the Trujillo family and the political 'intelligentsia' around them, such as Joaquin Balaguer (6-time president).

In this aspect Rubi had historical impact and records do not offer much reliable evidence to give credit to it, but in high stakes of international politics, personal relations, phone calls and small favors to key persons (intermediaries) can change history.

I recommend this book to anyone who admires celebrities and light subjects for entertaining reading. They can make comparisons on the life of celebrities between today and yeasteryear (not much has changed!).

Many a bachelor would like to have, at least for a some time, the kind of life experience that Rubi got out of his relatively short stay on this earth and a hell of a time it was!

The book does justice, historically, to a man that lived life intensively and with great love and loyalty to his friends, a great party companion, which made him an important and long-time confidant, intimate friend and acquaintance of many of those with economic and political power on both sides of the Atlantic and also the Magreb.

These characteristics are not highlighted too much in the book but can be interpreted to through the lines and is part of the things to be learned from the book and the life of Rubirosa.

This is what makes the great difference between Rbirosa and many other born-rich playboys that bought most of their goodies and many a 'friend' with the funds of their pockets.

On the contrary, most socialites and even wives had Rubi's company at their expense!

I definitely recommend reading and keeping or as a gift.

Randall Croes
Damdyagab Damdyagab
inspirational perspective of an alternative life style plus interesting historical sidelights of that era . he my man!!!
Darkraven Darkraven
A legend of my country the Dominican Republic, he knew how to approach every opportunity he was given in the best way. Well written book with even history of the Dominican island, would recommend to everyone who wants to learn a thing or two about history and tiguerismo.
Alsantrius Alsantrius
incredible...
Centrizius Centrizius
Shawn Levy is masterful. Rubi's life was astonishing.
High camp, breezy reading. Throwaway but fun.