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Sir Martin Gilbert: Historian, Chronicler, Friend

Churchill biographer’s passion was for all human stories, not just the epics

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Stefan Zweig’s Illusion of a Good Europe That Never Was Bewitches Us Still

The Austrian writer presented an ideal of what Europe might have been and might one day be

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The Man Who Loves Women

Having brought author Clarice Lispector back into the public eye, biographer Ben Moser turns to Susan Sontag

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The Bathtub Kabbalah of J.D. Salinger

Two new biographical sketches depict the great recluse as agent of growth, emblem of permanent adolescence, and cipher

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Did Richard Wagner Inspire Hitler or Did He Inspire ‘Star Wars’? And Does It Matter?

The whole question of modernity, in new assessments of the German composer and his work

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HBO Mae West Biopic Casts Bette Midler in Lead, Brassy Broads Come Full Circle

A match a century in the making brings two tough, funny, liberated stars into glorious alignment

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Not Just for Kids: Three Knockout Biographies Bring Three Awesome Jews to Life

New books about Albert Einstein, labor organizer Clara Lemlich, and mathematician Paul Erdős will inspire readers of all ages

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Jesus Was a Rebel and a Bandit. What Made Him Also the Christian Son of God?

Reza Aslan’s powerful new ‘Zealot’ paints a vivid, accessible portrait of Jesus as a Jewish nationalist

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John Lennon’s Alter Ego

On the anniversary of the Beatle’s assassination, turning to his wild, controversial biographer for enlightenment

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The Healing Power of Jew-Love

Gertrude Himmelfarb argues that the philosemitism of writers like George Eliot can be a cure for anti-Semitism

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Covered

Five Books, holiday edition: Nine hardbacks—including Philip Schultz’s memoir, a history of the orgasm, and Alfred Kazin’s journals—for the readers on your list

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Darling Wendy

A breathless biography of Wendy Wasserstein hints at the tensions in the playwright’s life but, like its subject, fails to confront them

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Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka

COMING IN OCTOBER 2010

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Chic Radical

A new biography is overly impressed by Leonard Bernstein’s liberal politics

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Betraying Spinoza

The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity

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Maimonides

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Emma Lazarus

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Barney Ross

A powerful storyteller brings to life one of the most colorful boxers of the 20th century. Paperback release party August 8.

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Marc Chagall

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Benjamin Disraeli

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Restoration Project

Where have all Bernard Malamud’s readers gone?

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Abominable Showman

Talented and terrifying, Otto Preminger left no taboo unbroken

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Hidden Sympathies

A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.

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