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Overall, the book is well written, if somewhat dry, and covers his life from early school days, the difficult war years and into his most famous collaborations, with LaScala, Covent Garden, CSO and other orchestras. There are some black & white photos from youth to old age. Opera buffs hoping to find any insights into his opera career will be disappointed. I find it odd, that from his opera days, there are only a few interviews listed. Come on, one of the greatest opera conductors and all the author could come up with is Lord Harewood & Sir John Tooley (Covent Garden). Franco Zeffirelli could have provided much insight into the famous Callas/Visconti Traviata at LaScala. As to singers, only Robert Tear & Carol Neblett are listed. What??? I would have liked to hear from some of the singers Giulini worked with on his now classic albums, including: "Don Carlos", EMI Classics (Domingo, Cabballe, Verrett & Milnes, most of whom are still around); "Marriage of Figaro", EMI Classics (Taddei, Schwarzkopf, Moffo, Cossotto, Wachter & Cappuccilli -- Cossotto could have been interviewed; the "Verdi Requium", EMI Classics (Ludwig, Schwarzkopf, Baker & Gedda -- Ludwig, Baker & Gedda who are still alive could have been interviewed; "Il Trovatore", Deutsche Grammophon (Domingo, Plowright, Fassbaender, Zancanaro, Nesterenko -- Plowright, Fassbaender & Zancanaro could have interviewed; & finally Verdi's "Falstaff" (Bruson, Ricciarelli, Nucci, Hendricks, Gonzalez, Valentini-Terrani, all of whom could have been interviewed). Also, Lady Valeri Solti could have interviewed for insights into Giulini's relationship with Solti during the CSO years. The illness of Giulini's wife, Marcella, is treated sensitively & confirms what we already knew -- that he was deeply devoted to her. The lack of a discography is puzzling, considering his fame as an opera & symphony conductor. It's particularly annoying, because in the Preface, the author states that when he heard of Giulini's death, he put on a recording of Giulini conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus in the "In Paradisum" from Faure's "Requiem" and cried. Well, it might have been nice for the rest of us to learn if that recording is available. Yes, it's on Amazon.com as are all the other albums listed in this review. There's so much other wonderful music omitted from the book that we'll have to wait for someone else to write a more complete view of his life & career. It's better to have the book than not to have it, but it's missing the heart of the man -- the opera man, one of the all time greatest. Boo, hiss, for not including a discography or a CD.