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Best Biographies of 2014

  • NONFICTION

    BOY ON ICE

    OCT. 1, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BOY ON ICE

by John Branch

A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE TASTEMAKER

    FEB. 18, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE TASTEMAKER

by Edward White

A vigorous, fully fleshed biography of an important contributor to American culture. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE MANTLE OF COMMAND

    MAY 13, 2014

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    ONE WAY OUT

    FEB. 18, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ONE WAY OUT

by Alan Paul

The author doesn’t pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    A MAN CALLED DESTRUCTION

    MARCH 24, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

A MAN CALLED DESTRUCTION

by Holly George-Warren

As an artist who “left behind…many lifetimes of brilliant music, a legacy that will inspire generations to come,” Chilton... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SNOWDEN FILES

    FEB. 11, 2014

NONFICTION

THE SNOWDEN FILES

by Luke Harding

Whether you view Snowden’s act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE

    SEPT. 23, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE OF ROBERT PEACE

by Jeff Hobbs

An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

    SEPT. 22, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PAUL DE MAN

    MARCH 17, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PAUL DE MAN

by Evelyn Barish

An extraordinary story of a complex personality presented with a wise dose of irony and respect. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    WILLIAM WELLS BROWN

    OCT. 6, 2014

  • NONFICTION

    HOPE

    NOV. 4, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HOPE

by Richard Zoglin

In this rich and entertaining work, Zoglin pulls no punches but also remains an astonished admirer. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS

    OCT. 14, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LINCOLN AND THE POWER OF THE PRESS

by Harold Holzer

An exhaustive feat of research with a focused structure and robust prose. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ISABELLA

    OCT. 28, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ISABELLA

by Kirstin Downey

A strong, fascinating woman, Isabella helped to usher in the modern age, and this rich, clearly written biography is a... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    RESPECT

    NOV. 4, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

RESPECT

by David Ritz

An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    STALIN

    NOV. 10, 2014

NONFICTION

STALIN

by Stephen Kotkin

Staggeringly wide in scope (note the 100-page bibliography), this work meticulously examines the structural forces that... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    ON HIS OWN TERMS

    OCT. 21, 2014

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

ON HIS OWN TERMS

by Richard Norton Smith

An overdue comprehensive biography of a giant of mid-20th-century American politics. Full review >

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