Today he does not even merit a mention in the “Encyclopaedia Britannica”. This brilliantly entertaining biography argues persuasively why his memory, too, is worthy of conservation.
An enjoyable, generously illustrated book that will stimulate readers to reconsider Gibran, his work, and his heritage.
But this memoir is satisfying in a way that a Hughes film never could be, and the author's story will be achingly familiar to anyone who relied on Hollywood for a respite from reality but who came away disappointed.
Mr Harding poignantly describes the churning of emotions that many migrants (not just Somalis) experience as they are tossed and tugged between competing cultures.
L’Ouverture nonetheless showed himself to be those men’s superior, philosophically, politically and militarily — a point made by C.L.R. James that survives mostly intact in Philippe Girard’s sophisticated and anti-mythological biography.
Smith’s depravity-laden history of turn-of-the-20th-century Russia hinges on his insightful readings of myth and motive, and their tragic consequences.
All this would have been surmountable had Rees succeeded in bringing alive the spirit of Jenkins...the biography has little to offer on what to make of Jenkins herself.
Her message is that with hard work, and an attentiveness to our true needs, we can achieve such things. Me, I’m not feeling it.
Testimony will please hardcore Robertson fans; it is another layer, an additional perspective, in the historiography of rock music, and it adds to Helm’s and Dylan’s accounts, creating a deeper understanding...
Even though Scrappy Little Nobody doesn’t offer as much substance as it could, it’s as sweet and easy a read as a Kendrick film, particularly if you’re a fan.
Experimental in style, incorporating fragments of poetry, letters and journal writing, Gently to Nagasaki encompasses a wide variety of topics ranging from Christianity and Japanese history to climate change and nuclear power.
Labyrinths, Catrine Clay’s absorbing new biography, charts the twists and turns in some of the key lives involved in that historical moment, in particular those of Emma Jung and her more famous husband, Carl.
Volume 3 of Cook's biography of Eleanor is packed with many other revealing small incidents, as well as detailed accounts of her tireless work on behalf of progressive causes.
...its unapologetic emphasis on Western philosophy (to the neglect of philosophies stemming from other worldviews) limits it from being truly universal in scope. However, what the book diligently provides is an intellectual history of neo-paganism...
Some may take issue with Tebow's simplistic affirmations of faith (including seeing God in coincidence); others will see them as the book's greatest strength. All readers will be won over by Tebow's dedication and perseverance, and admire him for staying true to service-oriented Christianity through a quite unconventional life.
Abramovic writes touchingly about romantic heartbreak, about the pain of separation from Ulay and her sense of betrayal when her husband, the Italian artist Paolo Canevari, left her...Perhaps what’s most unexpected are the flashes of humor.
While not a terribly inventive lyricist, Collins turns out to be a gifted storyteller and a likable narrator...
Pearlman’s latest effort lacks the emotional heft of his Walter Payton or Barry Bonds biographies, but he strips away Favre’s grown-up-kid mythology while reveling in his unlikely, turbulent path to iconic status.
In this brief biography, Peter Ackroyd highlights Hitchcock’s Jesuitical secondary school education at St Ignatius College in north London...For all its insight, Peter Ackroyd’s biography is a deft synthesis of numerous other studies of “Alfred the Great”; it is well written, however, and unusually well attuned to the religious element.
This is another marvelous addition to Hornfischer’s portfolio of naval histories. The story of the mightiest navy in history is both compelling and personal as he portrays a navy rising from near disaster to decisively defeat their opponent in open battle and pave the way for the eventual unconditional surrender of Japan.