Bob Spitz


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Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times Magazine; The Washington Post; Rolling Stone; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

Average rating: 4.04 · 17,020 ratings · 1,685 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Beatles: The Biography

4.15 avg rating — 9,361 ratings — published 2005 — 18 editions
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Dearie: The Remarkable Life...

3.94 avg rating — 6,728 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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Reagan: An American Journey

4.06 avg rating — 236 ratings — published 2018 — 6 editions
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The Saucier's Apprentice: A...

3.05 avg rating — 275 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beat...

3.92 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 2007 — 12 editions
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Dylan: A Biography

3.70 avg rating — 124 ratings5 editions
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Barefoot in Babylon: The Cr...

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3.91 avg rating — 127 ratings — published 1979 — 5 editions
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TIME The Beatle Invasion!: ...

3.88 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2014
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Shoot Out the Lights: The A...

3.50 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1995
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The making of superstars: A...

3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 1978
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“Julia dealt with rules the way she later dealt with vegetarians; she pretended they didn't exist.”
Bob Spitz, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

“The cooking was invigorating, joyous. For Julia, the cooking fulfilled the promises that Le Cordon Bleu had made but never kept. Where Le Cordon Bleu always remained rooted in the dogma of French cuisine, Julia strove to infuse its rigors with new possibilities and pleasures. It must have felt liberating for her to deconstruct Carême and Escoffier, respecting the traditions and technique while correcting the oversight. “To her,” as a noted food writer indicated, “French culinary tradition was a frontier, not a religion.” If a legendary recipe could be improved upon, then let the gods beware.”
Bob Spitz, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

“On the endive show, she offered a Yogi Berra-style malaprop: "Now don't wash endive-that is, unless it's dirty." And during an episode of forgetfulness: "I did not have my glasses on when I was thinking." Once, she sorted through a jungle of seaweed in search of a twenty-pound lobster lurking in its folds; another time, she lifted the veil over a platter hunting for the "big, bad artichoke" lying furtively underneath.”
Bob Spitz, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

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