The superheroine’s polygamous creator exploited the love and labor of the women who were his inspiration.
Hilary Mantel and Penelope Fitzgerald have saved historical fiction from a middlebrow wasteland.
Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.
Billy Graham’s innocuous blend of showmanship and salvation.
Why the line from Barry Goldwater to Ted Cruz runs over Nelson Rockefeller.
Behind Richard Pryor’s jokes and barbs was a man yearning to be free.
John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee William gets mired down in psychoanalysis.
In The Good Spy, Kai Bird documents the life of CIA agent Robert Ames, a sincere and unlikely mediator in the Middle East.
For the Staple Singers and Stax Records, political engagement flowed from an artistic renaissance.
Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything