Telling the Untold Story: How Investigative Reporters are Changing the Craft of Biography

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University of Missouri Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages

Author of his own controversial unauthorized biography of Armand Hammer, Steve Weinberg here shows how a new generation of biographers is revealing the lives of powerful individuals in dramatic and important new ways.  Tracing the evolution of the craft of biography to the present day, Weinberg draws on interviews with some of today's best biographers, as well as his own experience with the Hammer biography, to highlight the careers of some of the writers whose work exploded the boundaries of traditional biography.  For writers, reviewers, publishers, and general readers, Telling the Untold Story is a fascinating look at how a new kind of biographer has forever changed our expectations of the genre and continues to push biography to exciting new limits.

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Not quite: half-untold, half-old is more like it, along with a ton of reprints and a pound of self-promotion, in this so-so look at investigative biography. According to Weinberg (Journalism/Univ. of ... Read full review


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Steve Weinberg is Associate Professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.  An avid reader and reviewer of biographies, he is the author of Armand Hammer:  The Untold Story, as well as Trade Secrets of Washington Journalists.

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