Publishers Weekly: “[Y]ears after Plath’s suicide, her troubled life proves to be fertile ground for biographers, as witness this work by Alexander (editor of Ariel Ascending), which may be the most objective portrayal yet of the controversial American poet. Choosing to write Plath’s life without the consent and probable constraints of the estate, Alexander eschews quoting from Plath’s work; his is not a literary study. Yet the results are impressive: a thorough, beautifully fashioned chronicle rich in new materials and significant minutiae, beginning with the convergence of her parents’ lives, continuing with Plath’s precocious childhood and tumultuous adulthood, and concluding with her posthumous literary career. The book’s achievement is to record Plath’s notable vicissitudes with respect and sensitivity, implying but not imposing an interpretation on complex, often ambiguous evidence…. Alexander’s understated approach has the considerable virtue of allowing readers to determine for themselves…what forces nurtured Plath’s extraordinary lyrical gifts and what finally ended them.”
“[An] exciting and satisfying book.”—Mademoiselle
“[A] worthy addition to the Plath oeuvre.”—Choice
“Essential reading for Plath addicts…. [The book] tells us more than we had heard before about the marriage of Plath and Ted Hughes, at least from her side of the relationship.”—New York Times Book Review
“Finally, a biography worthy of Sylvia Plath…. Readers will finish the book with gratitude for chronicling her poignant life while illuminating the rare beauty of her writing.”—Boston Globe
Booklist: “The interesting thing about James Dean is the fact that…he remains an icon of American pop culture. In the last chapter of this tell-all biography, Alexander takes a stab at accounting for Dean’s continuing popularity, but his real interest throughout the book is in the actor’s sex life. Although he devotes some attention to Dean’s work as an actor and to his heterosexual liaisons, Alexander’s contribution to the Dean legend is to label him as homosexual. The early death of Dean’s mother; abandonment by his father; a close teenage “friendship” with an older, more worldly man; trips to the Hollywood casting couch (male version); testimony from numerous of Dean’s self-proclaimed male lovers (one of whom provides a diary, complete with pillow talk)–these are only a few of the brush strokes that make up Alexander’s portrait of Dean as a gay man.”
“The most definitive account of Dean’s secret life.”—London Sunday Times
“Revealing.”—New York Daily News
“Intriguing, steamy.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Almost every page contains information sure to fascinate.”—Chattanooga Times
“A must read.”—Lambda Book Report
Amazon: “J.D. Salinger was one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. He was also one of its most elusive. After making his mark on the American literary scene, Salinger retreated to a small town in New Hampshire where he hoped to hide his life away from the world. With dogged determination, however, journalist Paul Alexander captured Salinger’s story in this, the only complete biography of Holden Caulfield’s creator published to date. Alexander has created a great biography of Salinger that’s further enriched by interviews with some of the greatest literary figures of our time: George Plimpton, Gay Talese, Ian Hamilton, Harold Bloom, Roger Angell, A. Scott Berg, Robert Giroux, Ved Mehta, Gordon Lish and Tom Wolfe.”
“The most comprehensive biography to date has been Paul Alexander’s Salinger…[it] is, to my mind, more dramatically vivid and psychologically astute.”—Jay McInerney, The New York Times Book Review, Feb. 13, 2011
“As good a biography of Salinger as we’re likely to get for awhile. Alexander…[has] succeeded in placing Salinger in the context of his times, and in finding in the author’s life seeds of inspiration for his fiction.”—Boston Globe
“Alexander has drawn an eerie portrait of an increasingly eccentric writer whose attempts to maintain his privacy [are] actually…a manipulative way of promoting himself and his books.”—Library Journal
“For hardcover fans, this biography is a must.”—Toronto Sun
“Alexander’s volume is a major publishing event…A skilled investigative reporter, journalist, and biographer, Alexander surveyed numerous archives…to get his ‘story’…Strongly recommended.”—Choice
Library Journal: “This first complete biography of Sen. John McCain—navy brat, navy pilot, prisoner of war, populist Republican legislator, and presidential candidate—is presented by Alexander. The author admires McCain and believes that he could have been elected president in 2000…. While McCain’s five-and-a-half-year ordeal as a prisoner of war in the notorious Hanoi Hilton is vividly told, his career as a representative and a senator from Arizona is treated more fully than any other part of his life. McCain’s feud with President Bush over dirty tricks in the 2000 Republican primary is thoroughly described, as is [one of] McCain’s signature issue, campaign-funding reform.”
Amazon: “An all-access pass to the inner workings of the Kerry campaign, the grooming of the candidate, and how decisions get made and who will be making them in the run up to the November election. In 2002, veteran journalist Paul Alexander wrote a piece for Rolling Stone that now seems prophetic: He named John Kerry as the candidate who would emerge as the Democratic front-runner in 2004, and identified the reasons, more than a year before Kerry announced his candidacy. Since then, Alexander has been following the campaign-often from a privileged position on the inside. This book reports what he saw, heard, and witnessed about Senator Kerry and his campaign along the way.”
Amazon: “Karl Rove has come to personify scorched earth political tactics and merciless, win-at-any-cost trickery. His status as the so-called architect behind Bush’s election victories has elevated him to a mythic kingmaker in the national imagination. Not since Mark Hanna, special assistant to President William McKinley, has someone not elected to public office played such a vital role in the governance of our nation. In Machiavelli’s Shadow, the full, unvarnished truth about the mastermind of the Bush administration is revealed as swirling scandals and Karl Rove’s diminished power have freed people to speak candidly as never before.
“Acclaimed author and veteran journalist Paul Alexander tracks Rove’s journey from consummate outsider to presidential consigliore, conducting firsthand interviews with A-list sources who have never gone on the record about Rove before now. The result is a gripping, no-holds-barred account of the man who [has insisted] on politicizing any area on which he has advised the president—from the war in Iraq to domestic issues like Social Security, energy, the environment, and hotly controversial judicial matters.”
“Paul Alexander is a walking encyclopedia of U.S. presidential history. Smart, savvy, and unflappable, he is one of a handful of investigatory reporters I truly admire. You can always count on him to strip away the veneer and deliver the goods.” —Douglas Brinkley
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"As good a biography of Salinger as we're likely to get for a while. Alexander...[has] succeeded in placing Salinger in the context of his times, and in finding in the author's life seeds of inspiration for his fiction."
--The Boston Globe
One July morning in 1996, three people were discovered dead and one at death’s door in a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi. Three of the victims were white—including the store owner. That same day, a black man, Curtis Flowers, was identified as the prime suspect. Flowers had worked at the store for three days and had quit under questionable circumstances. But almost no substantive evidence linked him to the crime. A devout Christian and gospel singer, Flowers had no prior criminal record and the barest of motives. Caught between a relentless Mississippi prosecutor and the fury of both African-American and white communities in his town, Flowers has endured six separate trials over more than a decade in a case that remains undecided.
For nearly a quarter-century, the Los Angeles Police Department considered the brutal 1986 killing of Sherri Rasmussen — a beautiful 29-year-old newlywed — as the byproduct of a botched robbery. But this true account reveals a cold case detective's startling discovery in 2009: Sherri had been murdered. And nothing could have shocked the detective more than the identity of the killer — a cold-blooded murderer that the LAPD already knew only too well.
In this true account, Accused introduces us to Tommy Harris, the 14 years veteran of the Houston Police force, his fight with a man outside a bar, a death, and the ensuing homicide trial. The district attorney had boasted, "Anyone can convict a guilty person, but it takes someone really good to convict an innocent one." Did Harris apply a naked chokehold or did the district attorney and his forensics team set up Harris?
Bestselling true-crime author Paul Alexander (Murdered, Accused) unravels the sordid narrative of the notorious "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, who left at least 10 women dead and terrorized Los Angeles for more than two decades.