Sunday, August 03, 2008

What is Timothy Ryback reading?

The latest featured contributor to Writers Read: Timothy Ryback, author of the forthcoming Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life.

His entry begins:
I recently put the finishing touches on my book on Hitler's private library and have been in literary detox since. I reread Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, both books which I return to occasionally and come away from each time with renewed awe at the characters, plot, style, not to mention cover design. [read on]
Among the advance praise for Hitler's Private Library:
“In Hitler's Private Library Timothy Ryback turns Hitler's reading into a way of reading Hitler–his mind, his obsessions, his evolution. It's an original and provocative work that adds valuable context to the skeletal and mystifying historical record.”
--Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler
Learn more about Hitler's Private Library at the Knopf website.

Timothy W. Ryback is the author of The Last Survivor: Legacies of Dachau, a New York Times Notable Book for 1999. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is Deputy Secretary General and Director of Programs at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale and cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation.

Writers Read: Timothy Ryback.

--Marshal Zeringue