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From Kooky Waif to A-List Beauty: The Story of Barbra Streisand

Neal Gabler examines how the performer’s evolution changed the definition of femininity and Jewishness

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Groucho Marx, the Pacino of the Jews

Lee Siegel’s new biography of the brilliant, cryptic comic actor uncovers the life behind the work. (But does not reveal why the elephant was wearing Groucho’s pajamas.)

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The Man Behind the Mustache

Critic Lee Siegel explores the misanthropy that drove Groucho Marx and examines how we miss the mark on the comedic giant

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Proust, Dreyfus, and the Art of True Impressions

An excerpt from Benjamin Taylor’s new biography of the great French writer

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Sweet Madeleine

Marcel Proust went from dilettante to literary legend. Biographer Benjamin Taylor explains how.

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Her Money and Her Nose

An excerpt from Francine Prose’s new biography of the eminent art collector and socialite Peggy Guggenheim

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The Original Gallery Girl

Peggy Guggenheim: the bon vivant and tell-all memoirist who defied her family, took a thousand lovers, and forever changed the art world

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Einstein: Patent Clerk, Rebel, Equivocal Zionist

Biographer Steven Gimbel Talks Us Through the Physicist’s Views on Religion, Israel, and (Yikes) His Theory of Relativity

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Blum’s Day

Sociologist Pierre Birnbaum says it’s time Léon Blum—French Socialist, Zionist, wartime hero, and prime minister—got his due

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Léon Blum: Prime Minister, Socialist, Zionist, Tireless Champion, Proud Jew

An excerpt from Pierre Birnbaum’s new biography of the French titan

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Even Einstein Was Not Immune to Academic Jockeying

An excerpt from Steven Gimbel’s new biography of the great scientist follows his quest for a permanent position, through Zurich after 1909

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The Life and Painting of Mark Rothko

In a new biography, Annie Cohen-Solal looks at the immigrant child who changed modern art

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Why Mark Rothko Dropped Out of Yale

An excerpt from Annie Cohen-Solal’s new biography of one of the most influential American painters of the 20th century

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‘Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel,’ by Anita Shapira

An excerpt from a new biography of the great Israeli statesman, David Ben-Gurion

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Being Ben-Gurion

In a new biography, historian Anita Shapira deciphers Israel’s inscrutable founding father

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Royal Contradictions: The Flawed, Paradoxical Heroism of King David

In a new book, Rabbi David Wolpe examines what made the Jewish leader fallible and why, despite his bad behavior, he was great

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‘Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician,’ by Allen Shawn

In an excerpt from a new biography, the great showman asks, ‘What does music mean?’

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Leonard Bernstein: A New Look at His Rise, His Foibles, and His Impact on Music History

The dynamic conductor and genius behind ‘West Side Story’ also wrote classical works. Allen Shawn explores what they reveal.

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‘David: The Divided Heart,’ by David Wolpe

An excerpt from a new analysis of King David, the biblical poet-hero

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Rethinking the Controversial Figure Who Helped Establish the State of Israel

Known for right-wing politics, Vladimir Jabotinsky left an equally critical literary legacy. Hillel Halkin looks at it all.

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Sigmund Freud Tried Thwarting Biographers. That Didn’t Stop Adam Phillips.

The esteemed author talks about all the reasons the founder of psychoanalysis would have objected to a new examination of his life

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‘Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst,’ by Adam Phillips

An excerpt from a new biography of young Sigmund Freud explores how the Dreyfus Affair affected the thinker

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‘Jabotinsky: A Life,’ by Hillel Halkin

An excerpt from a new biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky, the founder of right-wing Zionism

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