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Biography news and analysis from The Nation
April 5, 2021
The General, the Mistress, and the Love Stories That Blind Us
Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez discusses her new book on Isabel Cooper, a Filipina American actress and Douglas MacArthur’s lover.
March 23, 2021
Lady Bird Johnson’s Influence in the LBJ Administration Was Minimized for Far Too Long
Ignoring women’s contributions isn’t just an issue of fairness. The problem is that we simply get our history wrong.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
January 29, 2021
Does Christopher Hitchens Need an Authorized Biography?
Attempts by the former
columnist’s widow and literary agent to police a biography are both futile and short-sighted.
November 17, 2020
Letters From the November 11/December 7, 2020, Issue
October 19, 2020
How Did American Cities Become So Unequal?
A new history of Ed Logue and his vision of urban renewal documents the broken promises of midcentury liberalism.
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October 15, 2020
Synthesizing Sound and Self
The vexed legacy of electronic music pioneer Wendy Carlos.
September 30, 2020
How Kendrick Lamar Became the Voice of a Generation
A conversation with Marcus J. Moore about his cultural biography of Lamar and the L.A. rapper’s impact on Black America.
August 10, 2020
Julian Bond’s Life in Protest and Politics
A new collection of essays demonstrates how the civil rights icon’s thinking evolved amid the upheavals of the 20th century.
Robert Greene II
July 30, 2020
The Biography That Reimagined a Life—and the Genre
The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives
uses speculation and fabulation to correct the biases of history.
May 5, 2020
The Worlds of Edward Said
An exile who made the world his home, Said infused his literary style with a cosmopolitan ease and his political commitments with a cosmopolitan ethics.