Biographies

October 16, 2019 - 5:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Scotty Bowers, a self-described Hollywood "fixer" whose memoir offered sensational accounts of the sex lives of such celebrities as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, has died. He was 96. Bowers' agent, David Kuhn, said he died Sunday of natural...
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People wait near the front of a line hundreds of people long for government distributed food and school supplies to some residents of the Cite Soleil slum, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. The administration of President Jovenel Moise tried to alleviate Haiti’s economic crunch on Thursday by distributing plates of rice and beans, sacks of rice, and school backpacks filled with four notebooks and two pens. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
October 03, 2019 - 12:39 pm
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Marcel Cineus scanned the crowd for hints of a potential customer as people bustled past his wooden stall filled with hundreds of textbooks in the hills of Port-au-Prince. School was supposed to start in early September, and Cineus by now would have sold a couple...
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September 13, 2019 - 5:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Edward Smith, a prize-winning historian known for his books on Franklin Roosevelt and Ulysses Grant, has died. He was 86. Simon & Schuster confirmed his death Friday but did not immediately have further details. A longtime professor at the University of Toronto, Smith wrote...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2009 file photo, Italian author Andrea Camilleri makes his point during a demonstration against the Vatican's influence on the ongoing right-to-die debate, in Rome. Italian writer Andrea Camilleri, known for his popular novels and TV series centered on the much-loved inspector Salvo Montalbano, died in Rome Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at age 93. Camilleri was Italy’s most successful writer, but until he was nearly 70 he had been a virtually unknown author of a handful of historical novels set in his native Sicily. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
July 17, 2019 - 5:31 am
ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixes humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italy's RAI state TV, which produced...
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June 17, 2019 - 9:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Alan Brinkley, an influential historian and academic who traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century and was a popular commentator on culture and politics, has died at age 70. Brinkley died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. Daughter Elly Brinkley says he...
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May 27, 2019 - 12:58 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Noted presidential biographer Edmund Morris, best known for writing a book about the life of Ronald Reagan in 1999, has died. He was 78. Morris' wife, Sylvia Jukes Morris, confirmed his death to The Associated Press on Monday, saying he died Friday in a hospital in Danbury,...
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May 15, 2019 - 6:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted of fraud in 2007...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as released on Thursday, April 18, 2019, is photographed in Washington. The section discusses Russian government links and contacts with the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
April 18, 2019 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — With the Mueller Report finally out Thursday, at least in redacted form, publishers are hurrying to release book editions. Two Mueller Report books are in the top 15 on Amazon.com even though free pdfs are available online. The special prosecutor's findings, which run more than 400...
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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, practices on the driving range at the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
April 09, 2019 - 3:43 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rory McIlroy feels as prepared as ever for the Masters. He is spending more time with his nose in a book than with his hands on a putter. "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Og Mandino is among the best books he has read in the last year. He has been working with Brad Faxon...
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In this Sept. 5, 2018, photo, journalist Sarah Smarsh speaks during an interview at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kan. David W. Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland” are among the nominees for awards celebrating books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced shortlists for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize. Smarsh is a finalist for the Lukas Book Prize and Blight for the history prize.(Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
February 26, 2019 - 4:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — David W. Blight's biography of Frederick Douglass and Sarah Smarsh's "Heartland" are among the nominees for awards celebrating nonfiction books of social consciousness and literary merit. On Tuesday, the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard...
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