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The Wright Brothers
4.15
liked it
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS. (2015). David McCullough. ***.
Even a writer as fine as McCullough couldn’t bring any excitement to the page in his attempt to chr
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May 25, 2015
May 25, 2015
 
The Story of San Michele
4.23
really liked it
Munthe, Axel. THE STORY OF SAN MICHELE. (1929; this edition 1991). ****. On my first trip to Italy in 1968, I decided to “do” the south. This meant st ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Winter Journal
3.85
it was ok
WINTER JOURNAL. (2012). Paul Auster. **.
I used to be a reader and collector of Paul Auster’s works. Now I use my local library’s system and am just a
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Aug 31, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
 
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82
3.85
really liked it
Darwin, Charles. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DARWIN 1809-1882. (1958; this ed. 2008). This is a relatively short autobiography that Darwin wrote for ...more
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 14, 2010
 
Van Gogh: The Life
4.09
it was amazing
VAN GOGH: The Life. (2011). Steven Haifeh and Gregory White Smith. *****.
This massive biography of Van Gogh by the two authors who won a Pulitzer Pri
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Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Einstein: His Life and Universe
4.08
it was amazing

EINSTEIN: His Life and Universe. (2007). Walter Isaacson. *****.
This was one of the most engaging biographies that I have read in years. I think that
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Mar 13, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
 
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought
3.96
really liked it
THE GREAT AGNOSTIC: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought. (2013). Susan Jacoby. ****.
Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899), the subject of this thoughtfu
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Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
Leonardo da Vinci
4.10
really liked it
LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2.
The first thing I’d like to share is that you needn’t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs
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Nov 24, 2017
Nov 24, 2017
 
Wilkie Collins: A Brief Life
3.68
really liked it
WILKIE COLLINS. (2015). Peter Ackroyd. ****.
Back in the early 1960s I bought a set of Wilke Collins’ novels at an auction for the grand price of $0.25
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Jun 09, 2017
Jun 09, 2017
 
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
4.09
liked it
French, Patrick. THE WORLD IS WHAT IT IS. The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul. (2008). ***. About 200 pages into this 500-page biography of Naip ...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
Good-Bye to All That
4.05
really liked it
Graves, Robert. GOODBYE TO ALL THAT: An Autobiography. (1929; revised 2nd ed. 1957). ****. From the back cover: “Robert Graves left his native England ...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 29, 2011
 
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
3.90
really liked it
AMERICAN SPHINX. (1996). Joseph J. Ellis. ****.
This work was subtitled, “The Character of Thomas Jefferson.” Ellis had previously written a book on th
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Jun 11, 2016
Jun 11, 2016
 
A Positively Final Appearance
3.96
really liked it
A POSITIVELY FINAL APPEARANCE. (1999). Alec Guinness. ***1/2.
I had to check twice to make sure, but there are two ‘n’s’ in his last name. The author a
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Feb 27, 2017
Feb 27, 2017
 
Ross Macdonald
4.23
really liked it
ROSS MACDONALD, A Biography. (1999). Tom Nolan. ****.
Nolan, relying on his journalism background, has put together a comprehensive life of Ross Macdon
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Aug 09, 2015
Aug 09, 2015
 
Much Ado About Me
4.32
really liked it
Allen, Fred. MUCH ADO ABOUT ME. (1956). ****. This is the second book that Mr. Allen wrote. In this one, he provides a history of his career and life ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
Cleopatra: A Life
3.62
really liked it
Schiff, Stacy. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE. (2010). ****. I expected another “me too” biography of this Egyptian queen, but read on because of all the positive ...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
The Mad King: The Life and Times of Ludwig II of Bavaria
3.87
really liked it
THE MAD KING: A Biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria. (1996). Greg King. ****.
This was a tight and well written biography of the king famous for designin
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Jun 27, 2017
Jun 27, 2017
 
Pushkin: A Biography
3.78
really liked it
PUSHKIN, A Biography. (2003). T. J. Binyon. ****.
This is a well-researched and meticulously detailed biography of the famous Russian writer. It is mos
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May 05, 2017
May 05, 2017
 
Mozart
3.67
really liked it
MOZART. (1977; Eng. Trans. 1982). Wolfgang Hildesheimer. ***1/2.
Initially published in Germany in 1977 where it became a best seller. It finally made
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May 16, 2017
May 16, 2017
 
J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: The real story behind Peter Pan
3.96
really liked it
J. M. BARRIE & THE LOST BOYS: The Love Story that Gave Birth to Peter Pan. (1979). Andrew Birkin. ****.
This biography focuses almost entirely on
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Dec 26, 2012
Dec 26, 2012
 
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
3.93
really liked it
GERTRUDE BELL: A Woman in Arabia. The Writings of the Queen of the Desert. (2015). Gertrude Bell (Georgina Howell, ed.). ****.
This is a remarkably luc
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Oct 29, 2015
Oct 29, 2015
 
The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824
3.55
liked it
THE NINTH: Beethoven and the World in 1824. (2010). Harvey Sachs. ***.
The author manages to review the scene in Germany in the year 1824, the year of
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Jun 30, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
 
Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius
3.68
liked it
RALPH ELLISON: Emergence of Genius. (2002). Lawrence Jackson. ***.
I didn’t know much about Ralph Ellison other than he was awarded the National Book A
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Apr 23, 2017
Apr 23, 2017
 
Verdi: A Life in the Theatre
3.44
really liked it
VERDI: A Life in the Theatre. (1987). Charles Osborne. ****.
This was an excellent study of Verdi – his life and works. It was all of that, plus- the a
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Jun 20, 2017
Jun 20, 2017
 
Wallace Stegner and the American West
4.01
really liked it
WALLACE STEGNER AND THE AMERICAN WEST. (2002). Philip L. Fradkin. ****.
This is an excellent biography of Stegner and an analysis of his works. I have
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Jul 26, 2017
Jul 26, 2017
 
Chekhov
3.88
liked it
CHECKOV: A Spirit Set Free. (1988). V. S. Pritchett. ***.
(b. 1/17/1860; d. 7/2/1904). What author Pritchett did in this study was to chronicle Checko
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Aug 27, 2017
Aug 27, 2017
 
Alfred Hitchcock
3.60
really liked it
ALFRED HITCHCOCK: A Brief Life. (2015). Peter Ackroyd. ****.
This is an excellent review of the life and works of Alfred Hitchcock. Mr. Ackroyd, after
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Jun 2017
Jun 01, 2017
 
The Strange Ride Of Rudyard Kipling
3.50
really liked it
THE STRANGE RIDE OF RUDYARD KIPLING: His Life and Works. (1978). Angus Wilson. ****.
I have not been a big fan of Kipling’s work, but, then, I haven’t
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May 23, 2016
May 23, 2016
 
The Life of Raymond Chandler
3.96
it was amazing
THE LIFE OF RAYMOND CHANDLER. (1976). Frank MacShane. *****.
This is an excellent biography of Chandler by the author who passed away in 1999. He was a
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Sep 27, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
 
Ake: Years of Childhood
3.90
really liked it
Soyinka, Wole. AKÉ: The Years of Childhood. (1981). ***1/2. The author is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Ife, Nigeria, and ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
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