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In The Passage of Power, Robert Caro shows that LBJ’s brilliance as a politician lay not in his idealism but his opportunism.

The Partisan is a weak account of the career and legal thinking of a conservative and obstreperous chief justice.

Mary Fabilli and Robert Duncan, circa 1938

A new biography shows how the poet Robert Duncan fed a line backward into the labyrinthine history of human imagination.

Charles de Gaulle

How Charles de Gaulle’s story became a collective fairy tale that the French have agreed to believe in.

Lillian Hellman

How did Lillian Hellman become the archetype of hypocrisy?

Nanni Moretti (second from left) in We Have a Pope

Hitchcock delighted in manipulating the audience. Early on Luis Buñuel learned to be satisfied with amusing himself.

For a young black student, France was not the refuge it was reputed to be.

Diana Sumner (left), Howard Bloch and Angela Davis, Biarritz, France, 1963

Angela Davis’s student years in France were an alchemy of discipline and distraction.

Portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

Two new biographies differ over the astronomer’s view of the relationship between science and faith.


 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010