On Churchill: The Remarkable Story of a Biography 25 Years in the Making

The New York Times published a piece a bit ago on the writing of the third volume of William Manchester’s biography of Winston Churchill. It’s quite a story. Here’s an excerpt: Manchester would have been a hard act to follow for even a much more seasoned writer. Back in the late 1970s, he began his [Read More…]

The Elegance of the Physical Book

From a mesmeric piece on Robert Caro, biographer of Lyndon Baines Johnson, in Esquire: It’s important to him that each of Caro’s books looks and feels the same as the previous one and the next. He wants them to be built to last. Unfortunately, book building is another dying art. Bindings are glued instead of stitched; [Read More…]