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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; Revised edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087314
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"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."
Newsweek

"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


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Bents on August 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think the author could have improved the book by not going into the detail about the Frank and Hollander family trees. What I found valuable, however, was the story of what happened to the family before they went into hiding. They were just a normal German family (living in Frankfurt and then Amsterdam) when the Nazis came to power. Then the nightmare started. I read in disbelief as their businesses had to be turned over to the government; their money had to be turned over to the government; they couldn't go to parks and zoos; and their daughters were removed from their schools. The last straw was when their teenage daughter received a letter to report to a labor camp. I can't make sense of why doing this was okay with the society. I want to live in a society where everyone doesn't necessarily have to like me, but also where it doesn't matter if you like me or not, because it doesn't affect my freedom and rights.

It was hard reading the book, because you know the fate of Anne and how heartbreaking the loss of her and her family were. What a tragedy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Customer on September 20, 2013
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If you are interested in learning not just about Anne Frank, but her family members and more of the interactions that accompanied the Frank family, you should read this book. Many details on events leading up to going into seclusion as well as a more complete picture of Anne and her relationships with family and friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SmokieTopaz on January 26, 2014
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As someone who lost most of my family in Auschwitz, I learned a lot from this book. It was hard for me to read some of its parts, but I knew that I had to do it. I enjoyed the pictures provided in this biography since it made me visualize the characters better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stephan on January 16, 2014
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The author, Ms Muller, pieces together early parts of Anne's life (she was born in 1929) through letters and postcards sent by Anne to relatives, interviews with family members who survived the war, and access to museum archives. Her father lived over 30 years after the war. Several of Anne's friends are still alive as of 1/2014 ! There are sections that deal with Anne's thoughts about God, about her 10-12 yr old friends, about her kindred spirit with her father, about why relations with her mother were strained, about Peter Van Pels. There is background info on her parents family, which side was religious and which was not. There is even info on the last known contacts with Peter, Margo (older sister), and Anne - up to one month before she died in April 1945. I prefer this biography to the diary, because the flow form issue to issue is much smoother. There is section at the end of the book that deals with what became of many characters. The forward explains the author interest in writing about Anne. She is very humble and does not editorialize during her telling of Anne's story. It was a page-turner for me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William G. Schmidt on January 5, 2014
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Who hasn't read Anne Frank's diary, either as a kid or with even greater insight as an adult? Melissa Muller's biography certainly digs deeply into Frank's background and fleshes out the 25 months in "The Annex" with real understanding. Impeccably researched, this is surely the definitive biography of Frank.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. on August 29, 2013
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I thought it was a good book even though it was not just about Anne but the people and situation her and her family were in
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