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Ghost of a Chance:: A Memoir

Duchin, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0679414185 / ISBN 13: 9780679414186
Published by Random House, New York, 1996
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0679414185 This STATED FIRST EDITION is a SECOND PRINTING, INSCRIBED and DATED BY AUTHOR in FINE condition. Inscribed "For Pat Klotz, Best Wishes" and boldly signed and dated "7/10/96" by Peter Duchin on right FEP. Copyright page states "First Edition" at bottom with number line "9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2" notating Second Printing. Book is in FINE condition with black paper boards with small letters "PD" stamped in black on top center of front board over black cloth binding with gilt lettering. Book's spine tips and corners are true with binding and insides tight, bright, clean and unmarked. NO previous owner's or library markings. DW is covered by Brodart with price point still intact in NEAR FINE condition. DW has glossy white cover with bold red and black lettering above and below black and white photo of Duchin at the St. Regis in the early sixties. DW's corners are true with spine tips gently bumped and (1") faded ink mark at top of front cover in middle otherwise DW is also in Fine condition. The life and times of Society band leader Peter Duchin, the son of bandleader Eddy Duchin, who formed his own popular band and performed for, and socialized with the cream of the society and entertainment worlds. Illustrated with black and white photographs throughout. Hardcover, 6.5" x 9/5", 380pp with Index, uncut pages. Bookseller Inventory # 002599

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Title: Ghost of a Chance:: A Memoir

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Second Printing.

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Celebrated pianist, conductor, and composer Peter Duchin has been providing music for U.S. presidents, society galas, and charity events for more than 30 years. Now, in this compelling autobiography, Duchin offers both a poignant personal memoir and a fascinating account of life on the road with the band.


A strange and compelling mix of celebrity bio and social history, Ghost of a Chance is the autobiography of bandleader Peter Duchin. The son of an even more famous bandleader, Eddy Duchin, Peter Duchin was sent off to be raised by the friends of his socialite mother after her death. Those friends just happened to be the Harrimans, Averell and Marie. After watching "The Eddy Duchin Story," the Hollywood film version of his (biological) father's life, the younger Duchin recalls feeling "pretty beat up and confused." The same can be said of his life in general, but that's what happens when your paternal legacy includes one father who ranked among the top entertainers of an era and another who happened to be one of the richest and most important world figures of a century.

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