I'm about a quarter into the Kaplan bio, and have been very happy with
it thus far (the trouble with being a Twainiac who also loves trains -- I've
just come off a jaunt southward -- is that one keeps meeting very interesting
people, which eats into the reading time).
As I've said before, Hitchens has made his contrariness into a cottage
industry of sorts. I think he's spot-on about that bulimic princess creature
and Mother Teresa.
But he misread Kaplan's book.
That is, if he really READ it. I review books too, and know there are
many out there who scan rather than read the books.
A pity. It would be nice, though, if Jonathan Yardley of The Washington
Post or someone (preferably Russell Baker) at The New York Review of Books
weighed in on the volume.