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Two books about Kofi Annan illuminate the controlling relationship between the US and the United Nations.

A biography of Bernard Fall examines the life of the man who laid the foundations for contemporary war reporting.

The Friendship describes how Wordsworth and Coleridge's fiercely uneven relationship affected their lives and work.

Isaac B. Singer: A Life fails to fully illustrate the complexity of the writer's struggle with his heritage.

A new biography of William James portrays a man who made a brilliant career of asking tough questions.

William Empson's writing shaped modern criticism. A new biography restores him to his proper eminence.

Victoria Glendinning's biography of Leonard Woolf looks at a remarkable
public intellectual whose life and work were eclipsed by his more famous

The Unfree French looks at the German occupation of Vichy; Bad Faith is a grim biography of a French collaborator.

An intellectual biography of Richard Hofstadter rides a wave of nostalgia for this artful historian and liberal icon of the 1950s and '60s.

Two new biographies of Clement Greenberg take the measure of an ambitious art critic who had a knack for predicting success.


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

November 22, 2010