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Dave Itzkoff is the author of "Mad as Hell," "Cocaine's Son" and "Lads." He is a culture reporter at The New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired and other publications.
Itzkoff, who knew the late Robin Williams on a personal level, gives us the biography we've been waiting for: a portrait of a brilliantly nimble-witted performer who spent most of his life battling a crippling lack of self-confidence and depression. Williams' suicide in 2014 took most of us by surprise, but here the author shows how Williams' seemingly inexplicable act was the end result of a lifetime of inner turmoil and an inability to find peace within his own mind. The book includes material drawn from wide variety of people, including F. Murray Abraham, Norman Lear, David Letterman, Bruce Vilanch, Henry Winkler and Terry Gilliam. The book has some nifty trivia (first choices to play Mork from Ork were John Byner and Dom DeLuise), but this isn't one of those skimming-the-surface Hollywood bios. It's a meaty, well-researched, moving story of a man who could never quite come to terms with his own brilliance. (copyright 2018, American Library Association)
"Robin," is a well-written page-turner, it's the definitive biography of the genius of Robin Williams, whose life redefines the highs and lows of the American dream." ~Steve Martin.