Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography by William Zinsser

By William Zinsser

the following, six eminent biographers clarify the pleasures and difficulties in their craft of reconstructing different people's lives. the result's a e-book wealthy in anecdote and in fabulous new information regarding quite a few well-known Americans.

David McCullough takes us alongside at the exhilarating trip to Missouri to discover "The unforeseen Harry Truman."

Richard B. Sewall describes his twenty-year look for the elusive poet, Emily Dickinson.

Paul C. Nagel tells us approximately "The Adams ladies" - 4 generations of girls he got here to recognize whereas writing his prior biography of the Adams family.

Ronald metal, writer of a much-honored biography of the nation's maximum journalist, recollects in "Living with Walter Lippman," how the lifetime of the biographer can develop into entwined with that of his subject.

Jean Strouse, at the path of J. P. Morgan, discusses the truth that "there are explanation why a guy does whatever, a superb cause and a true reason."

Robert A. Caro finds the frustrations of attempting to unearth the genuine proof approximately Lyndon Johnson, a guy who went to nice pains to hide them.

Together, those six biographers take us via a gallery of specific American lives - such a lot of them relocating, a lot of them startling, and them all extraordinary.

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