From Publishers Weekly
Based on interviews with more than 200 people, this gigantic book is not so much biography as a skillful compilation of multiple versions of events in the life of Norman Mailer. Not surprisingly, we are reminded that Mailer is often competitive, belligerent and drunk in public; on the other hand, in private he can be courteous and considerate. "Reading this book is an exciting, irresistible experience," PW stated.
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"Try dipping into Mr. Manso's interviews without at once becoming addicted....You can't." -- The New York Times
"Manso's exhaustive, kiss-and-tell biography seems fitting for a man of such caprice and profligacy, his work defined by excess and brilliance at once." -- The Boston Globe
"The book is grand gossip, a sort of portable Hamptons, Everyman's own private literary soirée." -- Time
"A rare and unprecedented document." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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