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
The life and unvarnished style of Barbara Stanwyck.
Ambitious beneath his pose of indolence, James McNeill Whistler was the most contradictory of artists.
Like a lot of red revolutionaries, Abraham Cahan ended up to the right of where he began.
The worlds of Sholem Aleichem.
Was the author's aristocratic grandfather, who would become a leader of the armed resistance against Brazil’s military dictatorship, a hero or a terrorist?