Biography, Autobiography & Memoir

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Unlike the author of the latest biography about the physicist, Paul Dirac, I actually had dinner with Professor Dirac, and his wife, in 1975.

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“Maybe he realized . . . the utter aloneness of the fighter—despite the hangers-on, the crowds, the adulation, it was a pitiless profession.”

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“He is the beginning and the end of music in America.”
—Bing Crosby on Louis Armstrong

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According to his only child, Christopher, William F.

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For all the dyspepsia induced by the Great Recession, Niall Ferguson, one of our best economic historians, has offered us a tonic: a biography not of a dealer, trader, or hedger, but rather a b

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Those of us who grew up in the age of early television sometimes wonder whatever happened to this or that character.

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As words for this review materialize upon the screen, Mötley Crüe’s Greatest Hits’ crunches and screams in the background, raucous and direct in the commutation from auditory to written form.

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This spring has seen the publication of the 360th edition from The Library of America, in a sense completing, at least for now, the full circle of the history of American literature.

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In 1997, one bad decision environmental science writer and adventurer Jon Turk made during his 25 years of backcountry skiing triggered an avalanche that nearly did to him what kayaking and sailing

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This well-written book affords the reader an unobstructed view of the inner workings of the clumsy governmental machine named the FBI.

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“Cancel my subscription to the resurrection/
Send my credentials to the house of detention/
I got some friends inside.”
—The Doors (“When the Music’s Over”)

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Not too many autobiographies begin with the author sliding down the birth canal.

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The title of this riveting book comes from Robert Johnson’s blues song, “Hellhound on My Trail,” which is about being pursued by fate, by the law, and ultimately, death.

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We should all know who Michael J. Fox is. He was the smart, financially driven whiz kid in the TV show “Family Ties.” He played Marty McFly in Back to the Future.

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For the better part of this year, newspapers, magazines, the blogosphere, radio, TV, and bookstores have been filled with analyses of how President Obama squandered his initial popularity by pushin

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“Fenway Park, in Boston, is a little lyric bandbox of a ballpark,” begins the tale of Red Sox slugger Ted Williams’ final at bat on September 28, 1960, at the oldest major league baseball stadium c

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After all the pain of recession that we’ve been through, it’s a bit hard to remember that there was once a dot-com boom era in which high-tech startups found it amazingly easy to find financing, an

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There are a few lucky souls who come into this world knowing exactly what they are supposed to do with their lives. Michael Jordan was always meant to be a basketball player.

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“Better bring your own redemption when you come/
To the barricades of Heaven where I’m from . . .”
—Jackson Browne

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Of all the human gifts this reviewer most envies, the ability to fluently translate languages has always been uppermost.

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Reading a book about the art of writing by horror master Stephen King is like sitting down with your favorite uncle to talk about how to fix cars.

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A month before he left this life in 1989 at the age of 101, yoga master Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya told author A. G. Mohan what is most important in life: “Arogya. Ayus.

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The “recovered alcoholic fighting to stay sober” tale is not new territory, so Burroughs isn’t sharing something new with his readers.

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The words “Armenia” and “bittersweet” have been a natural pairing for the people of that country and its diaspora.

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 (Little, Brown and Company, September 2006) The Beautiful Fall has been classified “pop culture” but it is more much a chronicle of the parallel lives of two of the most famous designers of

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