Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Looking for a Good Biography?

I'm catching up on my recent reads and skims. I highly recommend the Morris book below.

1. Colonel Roosevelt  by Edmund Morris (4 stars of 5)
Maybe not our best President of the 20th century but certainly one of our most interesting. Theodore Roosevelt was a Renaissance man. Very well researched and written but very long. However there were very few slow periods in Roosevelt's life so the reader does not get bored. Book covers the period he left office until his death. He did not go quietly to his death.

I was fascinated by the story where he was shot but still insisted on giving a speech while running for President in 1912.

2. End Game: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall-From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness by Frank Brady (3 stars of 5)

Bobby Fisher was a genius at chess. But he was also a very strange man. Brady captures the quirkiness and brilliant mind of possibly America's greatest chess player. He was a hero in the 1970's by defeating Soviet chess grandmasters.

3. Mr. Nastase The Autobiography by Ille Nastase (2.5 stars of 5)
I liked watching Ille Nastase, a good but uneven tennis player, in the 1970's. You never knew what he would do. Very temperamental. But when he was on, he had great touch. If you found him a boor and bully, you may feel a twinge of sympathy for Nastase after reading his book. This book (as well as the player) is not in the same league as recent tennis tomes about Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Patrick McEnroe.

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