To kick off the holidays, we’re offering a 30% discount on these biographies and critical readings of key figures of the past and present. From jazz greats to robber barons, and authors to cultural agents—there’s something on this list for all readers.
“…readable and entertaining. . . . De Wolk not only introduces a much more believable Stanford, warts and all, but also does a great job of showing how his legacy and reputation was managed, massaged and sanitized after his death.”—True West
“Provides an explanation for our current cultural and political moment. . . . Duggan’s book sums up Rand’s life and philosophy in under ninety pages.”—The New Yorker
“Rescues a key figure in early twentieth-century popular culture from (relative) obscurity and tells his fascinating story with insight and style. I don’t know of anyone who writes about popular music more knowledgeably, penetratingly, and elegantly than Gary Rosen.”—Ben Yagoda, author of The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song
“Engrossing, outlandish, fascinating, and a reading delight. Siegel pulls the curtain back on a great piece of LA history—the 1932 Olympics—and manages to tell the entire story of the city’s rise. A pleasure for anyone who loves a well-told tale.”—Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book
“Dexter Gordon’s deep tone, relaxed delivery—even the frequent witty musical quotations—seemed like extensions of his gravely playful speaking voice. That voice carries over on the page too. You can hear it when you read his written testimony and extracts from letters included in Maxine Gordon’s illuminating biography.”—NPR’s Fresh Air
“King and Emperor takes on the compelling suspense of good detective work as well as good history. . . . Janet L. Nelson comes as close as one can to approaching this extraordinary man.”—Wall Street Journal