Category Archives: Biography

Shakey by Jimmy McDonough

Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography I’m a fan of Neil Young’s music, so I enjoyed reading about his life. This biography jumps around a little bit, but considering the subject it makes sense. Neil comes across as pretty flaky, but something … Continue reading

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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jang Chung

Jang Chung is the author of The Wild Swans, a favorite book of mine, so I had no trepidation in reading another chunkster of her books, Mao: The Unknown Story.  Written as a non-fiction historical account of Chairman Mao’s life, Jang Chung … Continue reading

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My Father’s Paradise by Ariel Sabar

Author Ariel Sabar grew up in California, but his father’s family were Kurdish Jews who came from a mountainous village called Zakho in northern Iraq.  The people of this region were among the last to speak the ancient language of … Continue reading

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To Be Loved by Berry Gordy

To Be Loved : The Music, The Magic, The Memories Of Motown Soul or R&B Music reached its peak with Berry Gordy and Motown. All the changes Gordy saw in the music industry and the culture at large were reflected … Continue reading

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Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution Of A Reckless Upstart Into A Visionary Leader I waited a long time to read this book. Having read “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson – I didn’t want to read the same story twice. I … Continue reading

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Robert A. Heinlein by William H. Patterson Jr.

Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1907-1948 Learning Curve I wasn’t sure I would read Volume One. I was interested in Heinlein the writer, not so much the man, so I read Volume Two. But Patterson wrote an … Continue reading

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The Catcher Was A Spy by Nicholas Dawidoff

The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg Moe Berg went to Princeton to be a lawyer, but then decided to play baseball, which annoyed his family no end. He was a catcher for the Brooklyn Robins … Continue reading

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