- one word - BRIEF!
- the subjects are interesting, but not necessarily someone you would have read about in-depth unless you are a specialist (Caravaggio and George Balanchine spring to mind).
- interesting authors have written these brief bios - Bill Bryson on Shakespeare, Michael Korda on Ulysses S. Grant, and Karen Armstrong on Muhammad.
So, let me know if you will be taking the challenge with me! I am posting a list of all the titles in the Eminent Lives Series. Those with a hyperlink are already owned by a Jefferson County Library. Those without are on order. Let me know which one you are going to start with and let's learn something new!
Michael Korda on Ulysses S. Grant
Robert Gottlieb on George Balanchine
Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Jefferson
Paul Johnson on George Washington
Francince Prose on Caravaggio
Edmund Morris on Beethoven
Matt Ridley on Francis Crick
Karen Armstrong on Muhammed
Peter Kramer on Freud
Joseph Epstein on Alexis de Tocqueville
Ross King on Machiavelli
Bill Bryson on William Shakespeare