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biography



  • Beyond the Myth of Malcolm X (review essay)

    A new biography of Malcolm X sets his political thought in the context of the midcentury Black communities where he lived and how his Black contemporaries saw him. 



  • ‘JFK,’ by Fredrik Logevall: An Excerpt

    Read an excerpt from Fredrik Logevall's new biography of John F. Kennedy touching on the collegiate Kennedy's observations of Europe as World War II began.



  • The (Yelling) Mothers of Us All

    by Rachel Shteir

    A review of Leandra Zarnow's biography of Bella Abzug, "Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug."


  • Frank Ramsey: A Genius By All Tests for Genius

    by Cheryl Misak

    Unlike his friends Russell and Wittgenstein who focused on the vastness and the unknowability of the world, Ramsey believed it was more important to concentrate on what is admirable and conducive to living a good life. 



  • Widow, slaveholder, mother of our first president

    by Marjoleine Kars

    Eager to uncover the real Mary, Martha Saxton, an emerita historian at Amherst College who has written biographies of Louisa May Alcott and Jayne Mansfield, set out to paint a more true-to-life portrait.


  • Ilhan Omar is a Reconstruction Reformer

    by William Horne

    The failure to hold the race-baiting press, politicians, and vigilantes responsible during Reconstruction undermined any semblance of equality for more than 100 years. We can't make the same mistake. 



  • The self-made man

    by Manisha Sinha

    Manisha Sinha on the long and eventful life of Frederick Douglass.