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[These notes were made in 1985:]. This is very much not an "authorized" biography: Wapshott not only confesses but vaunts the fact that O'Toole asked him not to write it. The analyses of O'Toole's character and career may or may not be accurate; one could wish the language and general editing were a little more so. The occasional startling piece of illiteracy undermines the credibility of the rest of the biography, and Mr. Wapshott could have used a good editor. Now, as to the career itself, ...more
Nicholas Wapshott is a journalist and the author of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: A Political Marriage. A former senior editor at The Times of London and the New York Sun, he lives in New York.More about Nicholas Wapshott...