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A nearsighted new biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner would have us believe that any narcissistic cokehead could have shepherded innovative work by Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz and others just by being in the right place at the right time.

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The second volume in Sidney Blumenthal's biography of Abraham Lincoln's political evolution follows the president during the stormy period between the Mexican War and the Civil War.

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Renowned biographer David J. Garrow concludes this massive new biography of Barack Obama with a damning verdict: "While the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core."

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“Himmler was the complete opposite of a faceless functionary,” Peter Longerich writes in “Heinrich Himmler.” “The position he built up over the years can instead be described as an extreme example of the almost total personalization of political power.”

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A marvelous new biography of Vincent Van Gogh asks what if it was untreatable epilepsy that drove him mad, he didn't cut off his lobe for a woman and he was killed by delinquents rather than committing suicide?

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Some lovers of wit rank G.K. Chesterton as one of the greatest aphorists. Here’s a GKC sampler.

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The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for The New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography, "A Singular Woman."The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother.

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