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Best Biographies of 2020

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    HIS VERY BEST

    SEPT. 29, 2020

NONFICTION

HIS VERY BEST

by Jonathan Alter

Students of recent presidential and world history will find Alter’s anecdotally rich narrative immensely rewarding. Full review >

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    THE LAST NEGROES AT HARVARD

    FEB. 11, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE LAST NEGROES AT HARVARD

by Kent Garrett & Jeanne Ellsworth

A fine contribution to the literature of civil rights and the African American experience. Full review >

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    WARHOL

    APRIL 21, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

WARHOL

by Blake Gopnik

A fascinating, major work that will spark endless debates. Full review >

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    BLOOD AND OIL

    SEPT. 1, 2020

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BLOOD AND OIL

by Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck

An excellent work of impressive research on a dangerous world leader. Full review >

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    MBS

    MARCH 10, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MBS

by Ben Hubbard

As complete a portrait of an elusive autocrat as can be expected. Full review >

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    JFK

    SEPT. 8, 2020

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JFK

by Fredrik Logevall

Highly revealing, particularly for post-Camelot readers who wonder at the esteem in which JFK is held. Full review >

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    AGENT SONYA

    SEPT. 15, 2020

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AGENT SONYA

by Ben Macintyre

An absorbing study of a remarkably accomplished 20th-century spy. Full review >

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    THE DEAD ARE ARISING

    OCT. 20, 2020

HISTORY

THE DEAD ARE ARISING

by Les Payne & Tamara Payne

A superb biography and an essential addition to the library of African American political engagement. Full review >

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    ABE

    SEPT. 29, 2020

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ABE

by David S. Reynolds

Long but never boring. A fine cultural history and biography that is accessible to all readers, especially students. Full review >

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    HITLER

    SEPT. 1, 2020

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HITLER

by Volker Ullrich ; translated by Jefferson Chase

An endlessly revealing look at the Nazi regime that touches on large issues and small details alike. Full review >

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