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Book Review: Schwarzenegger’s New Autobiography Total Recall

Book Review: Schwarzenegger’s New Autobiography Total Recall

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography is a big book in every sense of the word. It is voluminous, covering the life story of a larger-than-life global “action hero”. Written with Peter Petre, former executive editor of Fortune Magazine who also co-authored the autobiographies of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and General Norman Schwarzkopf, it tries to keep […]

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

Book Review: Christopher McIntosh’s The Swan King

The Fairy-Tale Life of Mad King Ludwig The Swan King is Christopher McIntosh’s revised biography of the eccentric Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-86), dubbed by poet Paul Verlaine as “the only true king of his century”. Acceding to the throne in 1864 at the age of 18, he made a brief, conscientious effort to learn […]

Book Review: Out of Time. The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner, by Tanya Buchdahl Tintner

Book Review: Out of Time. The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner, by Tanya Buchdahl Tintner

When a Composer Conducts his Life “Today I am 25 years old. I have achieved almost nothing. How time flies,” wrote Georg Tintner in an autobiographical note on his birthday in 1942. World War II was at its height, and the young Austrian composer and conductor was far away, living in Auckland, New Zealand, where […]

Book Review: Hedy’s Folly, by Richard Rhodes

Two-Part Invention When composer George Antheil first met Hedy Lamarr in Hollywood in August 1940, he agreed with Max Reinhardt that she was, indeed, “the most beautiful woman in the world.” His “eyeballs sizzled,” he wrote a few years later in his memoir Bad Boy of Music – the Austrian actress was even more beautiful […]

Book Review: Günter Grass’ Peeling the Onion

The shock over German novelist Günter Grass’ admission of his youthful participation in the Waffen SS has come and gone. What remains is the divided critique and a long list of questions to which the answers lie conveniently in the eye of the beholder: Is this man – one of the foremost sociopolitical commentators of […]

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