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The Best Biographies of 2010

  • NONFICTION

    THE PUBLISHER

    APRIL 22, 2010

NONFICTION

THE PUBLISHER

by Alan Brinkley

A thoroughly researched, nuanced appreciation of a complex, talented and troubled man. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FIRST FAMILY

    OCT. 28, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

FIRST FAMILY

by Joseph J. Ellis

An impeccable account of the politics, civics and devotion behind the Adams marriage. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    EMPIRE OF DREAMS

    SEPT. 7, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

EMPIRE OF DREAMS

by Scott Eyman

Engrossing and comprehensive—an essential text for readers interested in the history of movies. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CHARLIE CHAN

    AUG. 30, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CHARLIE CHAN

by Yunte Huang

Multilayered, provocative and highly accessible, this will appeal to Chan fans, scholars and general readers. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    KAY THOMPSON

    NOV. 2, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

KAY THOMPSON

by Sam Irvin

An extremely entertaining chronicle of one of the most distinctive and absurdly gifted personalities in the history of show... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE LAST BOY

    OCT. 12, 2010

  • NONFICTION

    COLONEL ROOSEVELT

    NOV. 23, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

COLONEL ROOSEVELT

by Edmund Morris

Roosevelt never fails to fascinate, and Morris provides a highly readable, strong finish to his decades-long marathon. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BRIDGE

    APRIL 6, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE BRIDGE

by David Remnick

Remnick’s fluent writing makes this expansive, significant book move along swiftly. Readers will look forward to the sequel,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JOE LOUIS

    OCT. 26, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

JOE LOUIS

by Randy Roberts

All legendary athletes should hope for treatment by such capable, compassionate hands. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CLEOPATRA

    NOV. 1, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CLEOPATRA

by Stacy Schiff

Successfully dissipating all the perfume, Schiff finds a remarkably complex woman—brutal and loving, dependent and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BEGIN AGAIN

    OCT. 23, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BEGIN AGAIN

by Kenneth Silverman

Not just an exemplary biography, but a significant contribution to the cultural history of American music. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    FAB

    NOV. 1, 2010

NONFICTION

FAB

by Howard Sounes

Despite covering well-trodden ground, the graceful prose and superb storytelling create a riveting narrative. Full review >

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