This book by Carl Rollyson shows a tremendous amount of work in preparation and writing. The book to me, is a little confusing because it goes back and forth in time as it discusses various elements of Mailer's life. Mailer apparently is a very complex person, though a very gifted writer who has worked hard to present his craft to the public. There are so many aspects to the book and to Mailer's life that it was a little difficult for me to read and follow. There is a solid amount of work in the book so many will enjoy it. I took several days to think about how to handle this review because of the above difficulties for me.

J. Robert Ewbank author "Wesley's Ways" and "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms"