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A. Scott Berg

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A. Scott Berg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on December 4, 1949. He became fascinated with novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald while he was in high school. Berg even went so far as to attend Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1971, mainly because it was Fitzgerald's alma mater. While mostrar mais studying 20th-century literature at Princeton, Berg noticed that one name - that of editor Max Perkins - kept coming up in connection with authors such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe. He decided to base his senior thesis on Max Perkins. Berg's research on Perkins continued for several years after graduation, eventually culminating in the 1978 publication of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which received the American Book Award. His other works include Goldwyn: A Biography and Kate Remembered, He also made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 for his title Wilson. Lindbergh won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1998. He also wrote the story for a film entitled Making Love (1982). (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por A. Scott Berg

Lindbergh (1998) 1,358 exemplares
Kate Remembered (2003) 1,092 exemplares
Wilson (2013) 698 exemplares
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978) 490 exemplares
Goldwyn: A Biography (1989) 317 exemplares
Lindberg {abridged audio} (1998) 19 exemplares
Kiss the Girls 1 exemplar

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Nome legal
Berg, Andrew Scott
Data de nascimento
1949-12-04
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Locais de residência
Norwalk, Connecticut, USA (birth)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Educação
Palisades Charter High School
Princeton University (1971)
Ocupações
biographer
author
writer
Organizações
Princeton University's Board of Trustees, 1999 - 2003
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guggenheim Fellowship (1982)

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Berg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. The son of Barbara Berg and film producer Dick Berg, young Scott was raised Jewish. When Scott was eight, his family relocated to Los Angeles, California. While a sophomore at Palisades Charter High School, Scott researched the author F. Scott Fitzgerald (a favorite of Barbara's, who named her son in part after Fitzgerald) for a report and "developed a mania" for his writing. Berg read all of Fitzgerald's works and later recalled: "It was the first time I saw the fusion of an artist and his life, a tragic and romantic life." Scott applied to Princeton University, primarily because it was Fitzgerald's alma mater, and was accepted in 1967. After graduating from Princeton in 1971 he formulated a career plan at this time, and later recalled: "I did tell myself early on: I think it would be interesting, perhaps, to spend a career writing a half-dozen biographies of twentieth-century American cultural figures—each one, as I often use as my metaphor, a different wedge of the great apple pie."
A. Scott Berg lives with his partner Kevin McCormick, a film producer, in Los Angeles.

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For more reviews and bookish posts visit: https://www.ManOfLaBook.com

Wilson by A. Scott Berg is a biography of President Woodrow Wilson, America’s 28th President. Mr. Berg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and biographer

I was looking forward to reading this book because I have read contradictory things about Woodrow Wilson. He was either a savior or a criminal, a polished politician or a stumbling professor, a crook or an honest man, racist or a product of the time. The truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle.

Wilson by A. Scott Berg follows Wilson from his birth in Virginia to his meteoric rise as president of Princeton University, New Jersey. Somehow running and winning the New Jersey gubernatorial race, and a short two years later became Chief Executive of the United States and thrust into World War I.

Wilson, it seems to be, was the first modern President. A man who ran the office as a Prime Minister with reform-oriented goals. His domestic legislative successes are very impressive, and his commitment to global peace after winning World War I is admirable.

I have to admit that I thought Woodrow Wilson, the person, was boring and certainly a racist despite his lofty peaceful ambitions. His life, however, was anything but, I’ve read about the election of 1812 in both Teddy Roosevelt‘s and William H. Taft biographies but I thought this book gave me a better understanding of what happened.

On October 1919 President Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke. This started what, I think, is one of the greatest political cover-ups in United States history where the President, who had problems handling basic tasks, actually finished his term with the help of his wife and physician.

President Wilson had an enormous impact on the United States and the world. This book makes it clear what an important part he played even though I found the political analysis a bit short. I thought Mr. Berg masterfully managed to show us the world from Wilson’s point of view, but I never really got to know, or understand, the man or his legacy.
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ZoharLaor | 28 outras críticas | Feb 16, 2024 |
A long (too long!) and detailed (too detailed!) story of the life of Charles Lindbergh, the young man who, unlike anyone else at the time, decided the best way to fly the Atlantic was alone in a one-engine airplane. It was an amazing feat of courage and certainly deserves the world acclaim afforded the man. But it’s also a cautionary tale of the dark underbelly of celebrity.

After a good, well-researched and written review of the youth and forces that made Lindbergh Lindbergh, the author tells the story of his famous flight—including interesting detail on the design of The Spirit of Saint Louis, and how Lindbergh came to settle on that aircraft and that design. All this is done in relatively efficient space and prose.

The strength of the book is Berg’s construction of the picture of celebrity (more on this in a bit) and the impact that had on the Lindberghs’ lives. This celebrity was the proximate cause of the Lindbergh’s oldest son being abducted and killed, a murder that captured the world’s attention and loaded the Lindberghs with a supercharged level of unwanted attention. Berg tells this story well, including detailed descriptions of the evidence behind Bruno Hauptmann’s conviction and subsequent execution. Though still controversial, the author, in my view, believes the right man was convicted of the crime.

These stories are the most compelling and famous parts of Lindbergh’s life and Berg spends the appropriate amount of time telling them. Unfortunately, when the reader finishes them, there are still hundreds of pages of story left. These pages are used primarily in three ways: first the telling the story of LIndbergh’s “America First” isolationism and opposition to American involvement in World War II in the months prior to Pearl Harbor. While this is an important part of Lindbergh’s story, it is told in too much detail and the book begins to plod.

The second major section of “the rest of the story” is Lindbergh’s post-war involvement in ecological and environmental issues, and at this point, this reader began to encourage the book to get to the finish line (and caused him to begin to read that way—just skimming for the general picture). It was presented in far too much detail. Especially after nearly four hundred pages already told, another hundred about this part of Lindbergh’s life was plodding and long.

The third portion of the latter part of Lindbergh’s life, mixed in with the telling of the remainder of these stories, was the estrangement in the Lindbergh’s relationship and Anne’s apparent unfaithfulness to the marriage. This story was muted, as if he felt he needed to include it to tell the whole story, but he didn’t want to reveal all. The partly-told story left Anne’s personality and life less defined and the author avoided completely the impact those days had on Lindbergh or the marriage as a whole (which did last “‘til death did them part.”)

One lesson any reader can’t help but learn from the book is the caustic effects celebrity has on a life. Lindbergh flew into Paris happy that he’d made it—and lived—but entirely unaware of how his short flight would effect permanent change on his and Anne’s lives. The world couldn’t get enough of his time, attention, presence and thought. It intruded into their lives in unhealthy, then ugly ways as it led to the kidnapping and murder of their son. It’s a cautionary tale for anyone seeking celebrity (which Lindbergh clearly did not). But it’s also a cautionary tale for the rest of us. In our thirst for information and contact with the rich and famous, we risk making their lives miserable. It does them no favors, and it surely offers no benefit to the rest of us, either. We ought to consider that next time we pick up a copy of “People” Magazine at the supermarket checkout stand.
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fathermurf | 15 outras críticas | Oct 4, 2023 |
I have little love for the southern culture that formed Wilson ... but he was quite a leader. Author cleans up / explains a lot of the racist attitudes but hard to avoid the damage his actions/inactions/policy did. His administration really launched Jim Crowe. Also insane how he could leave the US for so long and be incapacitated for so long as president. Neither would happen today.
 
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RandomWally | 28 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2023 |
I didn't know much about Wilson prior to reading this biography and had assumed the most interesting part (for me, anyway) would be the years during World War I. However, I was surprised to find myself completely engrossed in Wilson's earlier life, his college years, and his time at Princeton as a student, professor, and president. The World War I section and Wilson's negotiation of the treaty and fight for the League of Nations was interesting, but not as engrossing as his earlier years. Berg does such a fine job of presenting a rounded human being and showing how his good traits and not to good traits both helped and hindered him as a politician.… (mais)
 
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Chris.Wolak | 28 outras críticas | Oct 13, 2022 |

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