In this important update to her landmark 1998 biography, Muller adds more essential little-known history that is sure to grab passionate readers of The Diary, with focus and commentary that will spark discussion, especially about the Frank family’s connections with the U.S. Before the war, Otto Frank had spent time with wealthy financiers in New York City, including some who had strong ties to the government: So why did that not help Otto in his desperate drive to get his family visas to the U.S.? More questions still unanswered include who in Holland might have betrayed the fugitives in the attic? Of course, the young girl’s personal life is still the focus, including her sexual awakening and her different relationship with each of her parents. And, always, the horrific Nazi brutality coming ever nearer. Muller fills in what happened after the arrests: the Allies at the door, the Franks on the last train to leave Holland for Westerbork and then Auschwitz, the fact that Anne did not know her final diary entry would be the last. --Hazel Rochman
"Flawlessly researched and compellingly written . . . In her comprehensive and nuanced portrait of Anne and her collapsing world, Müller has given us Anne Frank for adults."
—The Christian Science Monitor
"In this updated edition of her superb 1998 biography, Müller adds immeasurably to a well-known story . . . An invaluable complement to an immortal testimony."
—Kirkus (starred review)
"Superb. . . . This meticulous and gripping narrative honors in full a life we thought we knew."
"Müller pays respect to the legend, but she also does something long overdue. She saves Anne Frank from idolatry and impersonal symbolism by restoring her physical presence."
—R.Z. Sheppard, Time
"One might ask, what remains to be said about Anne Frank? Quite a bit, as it turns out. . . . In addition to revealing the missing diary pages, this biography also acts as a supplement to the diary, filling in Anne’s fragmentary view of her own life. . . . One of the things that lends this biography such power is the awful juxtaposition of the ordinary and the horrific."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Remarkable. . . . Müller has achieved the near-impossible by restoring human proportions to the near mythical Anne. . . . Müller has returned the young writer to history."
—Susan Jacoby, Newsday
"Mueller’s book reminds us of the powerful role of contingency in history. It also ably celebrates what it calls ‘a life of singular intensity’ and offers noteworthy additions to Anne Frank’s story . . . .Mueller’s biography, in the end, does exactly what it should: it sends us back to Anne’s words."
—Julia M. Klein, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Müller offers an especially impressive portrait of Anne’s father, Otto, as well as a chilling, convincing theory about the Dutch informant who likely led the Gestapo to the secret annex."
—Carolyn Alessio, Chicago Tribune (editor’s choice)
"A thoughtful book, honorable and fluent . . . humane."
—Robert Skloot, The Nation
"The author’s literary gifts and exhaustive research distinguish Anne Frank: The Biography as both an absorbing and definitive text."
—Deborah Hornblow, The Hartford Courant
"Müller succeeds in rounding out the picture of the sensitive and talented Jewish schoolgirl though interviews with friends and family, letters and previously unavailable documents."
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The first serious biography of Anne Frank."
— David Barnouw and Gerrold van der Stroom, editors of The Diary of Anne Frank: The Critical Edition