True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee
Abraham Riesman (Author)
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
February 16, 2021
6.2 X 9.5 X 1.4 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author
Abraham Riesman is a Providence-based journalist, writing primarily for New York magazine about arts and culture. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and Vice, among other publications.
"True Believer is a biography that reads like a thriller or a whodunit. It's an exploration of an often farcical tragedy: the life, afterlife, and death of a salesman and an editor who dreamed of being something more. It unwraps Stanley Lieber the man and Stan Lee the invention and the brand name, and manages to be scrupulously honest, deeply damning, and sometimes even heartbreaking."--Neil Gaiman "For those who know Stan Lee from his sunny, funny cameos in Marvel films, get ready for an unputdownable deep dive. The man lived a life--warts and all--and Riesman captures the shadow and sunshine in equal measure."--Patton Oswalt "Who was Stan Lee? To answer that question, Riesman balances warring sources, digs through a conflicted historical record, and pulls together the interwoven history of comics, the Jewish people, and the American culture Lee transformed. Not since the Daily Bugle's Ben Urich figured out Daredevil's secret identity has a reporter dug deeper to solve a comics mystery, or woven a better story from the results."--Isaac Butler, co-author of The World Only Spins Forward "The story of Stan Lee is a wild ride, sometimes breathtaking, often shocking--but it is also a wholly American one, rooted in the transformation of hardscrabble reality into glorious dreams, of legends into truth, of absence into action, of immigration into assimilation.True Believer is a stunner of a biography that tracks the entirety of Lee's work and life, the glories and demons, and at heart, the profound sadness underpinning some of the most iconic pieces of entertainment in recent history."--Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita "True Believer is an epic journey from 19th century Romania to 21st century Hollywood, jam-packed with carefully compiled evidence of just how much delectable bullshit, staggering failure, and vicious backbiting goes into the making of a great American genius. I genuinely could not put it down."--Penny Lane, director of Hail Satan?