Category Archives: Biography

Respect by David Ritz

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin A candid look at a great soul singer and troubled woman. B+ 500 pages Amazon Book Preview of “Respect” Advertisements

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Lafayette by Marc Leepson

From Goodreads:  “The Marquis de Lafayette is an icon of American—and French—history. Lafayette’s life story is the stuff of legend. Born into an aristocratic French family of warriors, made lieutenant in the French Royal Guard at age 14, and married into … Continue reading

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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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